Accurascale has revealed that its next ‘OO’ gauge ready-to-run projects are the Class 92 Co-Co electrics and Mk 5 carriages – the latter covering both Caledonian Sleeper and Transpennine Express vehicles. At the same time Revolution Trains has announced its plans to develop Mk 5 stock for ‘N’ gauge.
A fleet of 46 Class 92s were built between 1993 and 1996 as part of the Channel Tunnel project. They were designed for freight and sleeper trains between Britain and France across the 25kv AC overhead and 750v DC third rail network, but later found most of their work hauling freight traffic on the West Coast Main Line. Most recently the class has been used to haul the heavy Caledonian Sleeper service between London Euston and Edinburgh in Scotland where the train divides into portions for Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William.
The dual voltage Class 92 will be Accurascale’s second ready-to-run ‘OO’ gauge locomotive alongside its current project to produce a brand new Class 55 ‘Deltic’ for the scale. The ’92’ is to have a matching specification including a heavy tungsten alloy chassis, detail difference between locomotives, motorised pantograph and DCC ready and DCC sound fitted options. Sound fitted models will use the new LokSound V5 decoder.
Revolution Trains has assisted Accurascale with development of the Class 92 and it has stated that the model is an advanced stage of CAD design work. Liveries planned include Railfreight grey with original channel tunnel logos, Railfreight grey with EWS logos, EWS maroon and gold, DB Schenker, Caledonian Sleeper and GB Railfreight. Prices and delivery are to be confirmed.
The Mk 5 carriages are being produced in association with Revolution Trains to provide models for ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge. They will cover the Mk 5 stock operated by Caledonian Sleeper as well as the Mk 5a vehicles used by Transpennine Express with its new fleet of Class 68s. The ‘OO’ gauge models will be available through Accurascale with the ‘N’ gauge models sold by Revolution Trains. The latter will only go ahead if sufficient interest is received in the carriages.
The CAF built carriages are the first locomotive hauled vehicles to be built since the Mk 4 stock for the East Coast Main Line in the late 1980s/early 1990s. The Transpennine Express vehicles operate in fixed sets with a driving trailer while the sleeper stock incorporated sleeper, accessible sleeper, club car and lounge cars. Accurascale will model all of these including differences between the two designs. CAD work is underway with prices and a delivery timescale to be confirmed.