Hatton’s Class 66 set for December release

Photo: Class 66 66848, Colas Rail Freight black, yellow and orange (Cat No. H4-66-030).


The Hatton’s Model Railways all-new ‘OO’ gauge Class 66 is now scheduled for release in December this year.

In a statement issued on the Hatton’s website, it said: “We have recently been to visit our Factory to look over the final stages of the Class 66 project. During this visit we identified a couple of situations where the lights would not display all of the configurations we wanted. We have a solution which will now see the board work with any type of decoder (2, 4, 6 or 12 function) and on analogue to produce fully independent lights. Unfortunately this has introduced another delay into the production while we get the modified boards manufactured and fitted. The new delivery date will be December 2019. We are sorry that another delay has occurred but we could not let the locomotives leave the factory unless we were 100% happy with them. The delay has also meant we can include some more exciting things with the project but these will only be revealed when the products are released.”

Hatton’s is also offering expedited delivery for the Class 66s giving modellers the chance to get their model airfreighted from China rather than waiting for it to ship by sea freight. The service costs £10 per locomotive and it can be added to existing pre-orders.

In total Hatton’s is offering 32 different Class 66s modelling original EWS examples, Freightliner locomotives, GB Railfreight, Colas Rail and Direct Rail Services engines. One off liveries are catered for too including BR ‘large logo’ blue and Biffa red and orange. Prices are set at £150 per DCC ready locomotive rising to £165 for DCC fitted versions and £250 for DCC sound fitted models with an ESU LokSound 5 decoder.

Visit www.hattons.co.uk for more information.

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