Specialist ready-to-run ‘O’ gauge manufacturer Minerva Model Railways has revealed that its next locomotive project will be the Class 14 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic with release anticipated in Spring 2020.
The Class 14 is Minerva’s first main line diesel locomotive and models the fleet of 56 hydraulics, D9500-D9555, which were built for trip freights and shunting. All were built at Swindon Works with the first entering traffic in 1964. Their BR careers were short and from 1968 the Class 14s were withdrawn and either sold into industry or scrapped. 19 have been preserved.
Minerva’s Class 14 specification includes an injection moulded body, die-cast chassis, fine scale wheels, all-wheel pick up, a 40:1 gearbox for slow speed running, DCC ready, DCC fitted and DCC sound fitted options, a Plux22 decoder socket, directional lighting, cab lighting, sprung buffers and screw couplings. Models will be finished in BR two-tone green with ‘wasp stripe’ front ends while each locomotive is to be supplied with a sheet of waterslide decals as well as an etched metal sheet to allow it to be finished to customer requirements. A new sound project is being developed for the Class 14 model.
Prices are expected to be £290 for a DCC ready version, £345 for DCC fitted models and £415 for DCC sound fitted versions. Minerva is taking advance orders for the Class 14 and those placed before November 30 2019 will qualify for a £30 discount.
Visit www.minervamodelrailways.co.uk for more information.