Accurascale revealed its first British outline locomotive for ‘OO’ gauge at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition today, November 24 2018, at the NEC in Birmingham – the English Electric Class 55 ‘Deltic’.
The legendary fleet of ‘Deltics’, so called for their twin Deltic engines, were built by English Electric between 1961 and 1962 and were the most powerful diesel locomotives in the world at the time developing 3,300hp and being capable of sustained 100mph running. They served the East Coast Main Line until 1978 while the last were withdrawn from passenger service in December 1981.
The ‘Deltic’ is Accurascale’s first locomotive and it has been created with the support of the Deltic Preservation Society (DPS) at Barrow Hill. Both D9009 Alycidon and D9015 Tulyar were surveyed for the model in Spring 2018 and CAD design work is now complete with tooling underway. Release is planned for the fourth quarter of 2019 covering 17 different locomotives in the first batch of BR green, BR blue and preservation era liveries.
In addition, Accurascale has worked with German sound decoder manufacturer ESU and the DPS to create new sound recordings for its Class 55 using 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier at the Spa Valley Railway. All locomotives will come with Shawplan nameplates and regimental crests included in the detailing packs where appropriate.
Specification for the Class 55 includes differing head code panel arrangements, windscreen wiper changes, filled in cab side windows, cab air vents, horn positions, cast and fabricated bogies, functional lighting, separate handrails, small tension lock couplings in NEM pockets, bufferbeam detail, five pole motor with twin flywheels, metal gearbox, scale 100mph top speed, 21-pin decode socket and more.
Prices for the ‘Deltic’ start from £160 for the DCC ready versions and rise to £250 for the digital sound fitted models. They are available to pre-order via the Accurascale website.