Locomotion Models has commissioned Heljan to produce an exclusive ‘OO’ gauge model of the National Collection’s Class 33/1 Bo-Bo diesel, as D6535 (33116) Hertfordshire Rail Tours in BR blue livery (Cat No. R475150).
Built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company, D6535 entered service in late 1960, allocated to Hither Green depot on BR’s Southern Region. In 1967 it was modified for push-pull operation in connection with the Bournemouth electrification scheme (for use with 4-TC units on the non-electrified stretch between Bournemouth and Weymouth) and other non-electrified lines. Subsequently renumbered 33116 under the TOPS scheme, it was later named Hertfordshire Rail Tours in 1993 (which it carried until 1998) and acquired for the National Collection in June 2003. It is currently on loan to the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire.
Exclusive to Locomotion Models, the 33/1 will appear in its 1990s guise with Eastleigh depot ‘Spitfire’ plaques, red backed nameplates and dual running numbers together with BR blue livery and will bear the hallmarks of previous releases with directional lighting, 8-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) socket, NEM coupler pockets and sprung buffers. Etched metal nameplates will also be included.
Priced at £149 each, delivery is expected in December.
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