The popular a long-lived English Electric Class 37 Co-Co diesel-electric has been revealed as the next ‘OO’ gauge locomotive project by Accurascale. Its initial models will cover the original split headcode Class 37/0s and the modern era Class 37/6s which are still active on the mainline today.
In total 309 1,750hp Class 37s were built between 1960 and 1965 and they were found across the entire network with allocations to all but the Southern. The class has remained in revenue earning service for six decades with a number still in daily service with Network Rail, Colas Rail, Direct Rail Services, Europhoenix, HN Rail and West Coast Railway.
Accurascale’s model will follow in the footsteps of its rapidly advancing ‘OO’ Class 55 ‘Deltic’ and Class 92 dual voltage electric and will also model new variants which haven’t been available in ready-to-run before. These include accurate models of the first five locomotives and the small fleet of 12 Class 37/6s converted for Eurostar in the early 1990s. Correct details of the as built 37/0 will include riveted multi-part cantrail grilles, a double-riveted roof, bodyside water filler access doors and steps while the Class 37/6 will have WIPAC light clusters, number-specific body, roof and nose tooling, Class 50 style cast bogies, single or double multiple working sockets and more.
The specification includes a die-cast chassis, five-pole motor, twin flywheels, a twin speaker set up, 21-pin decoder socket, LokSound V5 decoders in factory sound equipped models and more.
Prices are set at £169.99 for DCC ready versions and £259.99 for DCC sound fitted models. Delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2020 and a collection of nine versions are available to pre-order now through www.accurascale.co.uk.
The full specification set by Accurascale calls for:
Class 37 Specification
- Highly detailed OO scale model, 1:76.2
- Heavy die-cast metal chassis
- Provided DCC ready [21Pin MTX Socket] or Factory DCC Sound Fitted [ESU LokSound 5]
- Accurate tumbleholme, nose, cab roof and cantrail curves taken from 3D scan
- Timeframe specific details, including but not limited to;
- Bogies (Fabricated and three variations of Cast)
- Fuel tanks (As built and with later smooth-sided long range fuel tank)
- Early Class 37/0 features frost grille, boiler filler panel and access steps
- Early Class 37/0 features illuminated split headcode displays with a selection of different four-character headcodes
- Class 37/6 have operational WIPAC light clusters and top headlight and numerous different nose slides all including multiple working socket
- Three styles of buffer: large round Oleo, oval and squared oval
- Three styles of nose grilles: as built, refurbished ‘split’ and refurbished ‘single piece’
- Boiler exhaust, and two styles of plated boiler panel
- With or without bufferbeam skirts
- With or without cab roof vents and bodyside windows
- Nose and roof aerials and antennas (where applicable)
- Three styles of windscreen: standard, centre toughened and all toughened
- Three styles of cab interior: as built, refurbished and modern DRS locos
- Four bufferbeam variations with different piping configurations
- Door kickplates where applicable
- Multiple body and nose slides to accurately represent almost every member of the class, including three variations of cantrail grille: early EE (for D6700-D6704), later EE and RSH
- Four roof styles: Original double riveted, single riveted, welded and welded with antennas
- Separately applied etched metal and high fidelity plastic detail parts, including grab handles, aerials, steps, wipers, nameplates, crests and more.
- Etched metal door kickplates (where applicable), ‘frost’ grille (where applicable) & super fine etched metal roof grille
- Scale width wire handrails
- Turned brass roof-mounted horns on centre headcode examples
- Full underbody tank detail with brackets and pipework
- Bogies feature separate footsteps, brake cylinders, speed recorder, end brake rigging and very fine brake chain
- Brake blocks on trucks (bogies) in line with wheels (can be moved for EM/P4 gauges)
- Numerous other locomotive-specific details yet to be revealed!
- RP25-110 profile OO gauge wheels with finescale ‘drop-in’ EM (18.2mm gauge) and P4 (18.83mm gauge) wheels available separately
- Accurate high-fidelity miniature snowploughs
- Fully sprung metal buffers, extra-fine factory-installed pipework and screw couplings
- Correct height mini-tension-lock couplers with NEM socket as well as a fully detailed bufferbeam
- High Performance traction, to include;
- High-quality five-pole motor with two flywheels
- Metal Helical Gear box for maximum performance and slow speed running
- Gearing arranged so locomotive can achieve a scale top speed of 100 mph (160 km/h)
- DCC ready with PowerPack capacitor for uninterrupted power
- All wheel drive and all wheel pickup
- Fully detailed Lighting Pack, including:
- Directional lighting, DC and DCC
- WIPAC light clusters where appropriate with day and night-time settings
- Separately switched cab lighting and illuminated, details driver’s console, auto off on movement
- Switchable red tail lights
- RP25-110 wheels OO wheels with provision for re-gauging to p4 and EM gauge
- Two quality speakers with large sound capsules for best possible sound (*on sound fitted models)
- Minimum Radius 438mm (2nd Radius Set-track)