The 70th anniversary of construction of the Swiss-built Brown Boveri gas turbine 18000 is being marked with announcement of the first ever ready-to-run model of the pioneering locomotive for ‘OO’ gauge by Rails of Sheffield.
Rails’ new model has been developed with assistance from the National Railway Museum including original documents and drawings from the late 1940s. CAD drawing work is already complete with the aim of revealing first engineering samples in early 2020. Release is expected before the end of 2020 with prices set at £199.99 per locomotive. Models can be reserved with a £30 deposit and Rails will be offering 18000 in three colour scheme: BR black with silver trim suitable for 1949-1956 (Cat No. 1800), BR lined green with early crests suitable for 1956-1957 (1801) and BR lined green with late crests modelling the locomotive in 1957-1960 condition (1802).
The specification includes a 21-pin decoder socket, space for a speaker, directional lighting, a die-cast chassis with central motor and flywheels, separately fitted wire handrails, spoked wheels, etched grilles and sprung buffers. An optional Western Region style train reporting number frame and numerals will also be included with each model.
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