20 December 2023
Accurascale has revealed plans to raise £10,000 for Samaritans with a very special exclusive model of the forthcoming Class 66 no 66 415 in Freightliner orange livery with black striping.
The special model was announced at the latest “Accurascale Take-Over” of Pete Waterman’s “Making Tracks” event at Cheshire Outdoors, Blakemere Village, where the model railway feast runs from December 16th until January 7th, 2024. A pre-production sample of the locomotive will be put to the test hauling the heaviest trains on the layout.
Named ‘You Are Never Alone’ at Ipswich Station in November 2019, the real 66 415 was named through a collaborative effort between Freightliner, Greater Anglia and Samaritans to pay tribute and to raise awareness of the invaluable work the Samaritans do to help prevent suicide across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The nameplate was unveiled by train drivers Steve Read and Dave Bray and Branch Director of Samaritans, Ipswich & East Suffolk, Judy Wright. The locomotive is plying its trade across the UK today proudly carrying its nameplate in the distinctive Genesee and Wyoming-inspired Orange Freightliner livery.
Following on from the great success of its first charity fundraising model for Prostate Cancer UK, Accurascale has decided to work with its customers once again, this time focusing on mental health.
Speaking about the fundraising initiative, Richard Amos, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Samaritans, stated - ‘I’d like to say a massive thank you to Accurascale, for raising awareness and donating £10,000 from sales of their latest miniature locomotive model to Samaritans. This time of year can be an especially challenging time for many, and the special name of the locomotive “You Are Not Alone”, is a poignant reminder that Samaritans are there 24/7 every day of the year, to listen to anyone who is going through a difficult period in their lives or is struggling to cope. Their generous donation means that we can continue to be there for those who need us.’
Fran Burke, Accurascale Director of Marketing, Sales and Public Relations added – “We’re delighted that our forthcoming model of the Class 66 can once again impress modellers, but also do good by helping others. Samaritans is a cause very much close to our hearts and we thank them for allowing us to work together to produce our museum-quality model of the Class 66 and work with you, the British outline railway modelling public in raising £10,000 to help others who are suffering.”
The model 66415 is currently in production and will arrive with the rest of the first production run of the Class 66 locomotives and will arrive in the first quarter of 2024. It will come complete with presentation packaging and offered in both DC/DCC Ready and DCC Sound Fitted formats priced at £169.99 and £259.99 respectively.
The locomotive will be available to order exclusively via the Accurascale website only and with production already underway stock is strictly limited.
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