The Coras Iompair Eireann (CIE) Metropolitan-Vickers A/001 Co-Co diesel-electric locomotive has been selected as Irish Railway Models first ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run locomotive with release anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The CIE A/001 diesels were built at Dukinfield Works, Manchester, between 1955 and 1956 with a Crossley two-stroke engine developing 1,200hp. They were used across the country on express and freight traffic, but were rebuilt with General Motors engines in the late 1960s to replace the original power units.
The Irish Traction Group owned preserved example, A39r, was surveyed at the Downpatrick and County Down Railways during 2018 and CAD work has been completed by Irish Railway Models. The specification includes a tungsten metal chassis, five-pole motor with twin flywheels, Kinematic couplings and NEM pockets, metal helical gearbox, reaslistic maximum speed, DCC ready, factory fitted speakers, direction lighting, market lights, separate cab lighting and engine bay lighting. Other features include rotating axlebox hubs, and design for a minimum of second radius curves. The CIE A/001 will also be designed to accept 21mm gauge axles.
Irish Railway Models will be modelling the original and rebuilt locomotives with a range of liveries including lined green, plain green, black, black and tan, supertrain and Irish Railway colours. Prices are set at €189.95, with the special limited edition of A1 priced at €219.95.
Visit www.irishrailwaymodels.com for full details.