All-new ‘OAA’ wagon revealed for 'N'

26 November 2022
With six triple-packs to choose from, Rapido Train UK unveils its first modern wagon for the scale.

Rapido Trains UK is to produce an ‘N’ gauge version of the 45T Open AB open wagon, better known as ‘OAA’. This was BR’s first fully air-braked wagon. Models are in tooling and expected to be priced at £69.95 per pack when due for release in 2023/2024.

The ’OAA’ will be available in triple packs and there are six different packs to choose from, with a seventh pack available exclusively from Rainbow Railways. The order book is now open and tooling work should start early in 2023 with delivery due either later in the year or early 2024.

Rapido Trains UK N gauge OAA wagon

Sales & Marketing Manager Richard Foster said, “We’re delighted with how well our ‘OO’ model has scaled down to ‘N’. The CAD files show that the ‘N’ gauge model captures the distinctive look of the real thing, with its mix of steel ends and wooden doors. Despite being much smaller, we’ve been able to include a fully detailed underframe too.”

Ashford Works built the 100 new OAAs (100000-100099) in 1971. These wagons were long for a four-wheel open, with a 20ft 9in wheelbase. They were BR’s first fully air-braked wagon and had upgraded running gear to cope with higher operating speeds.

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Rapido Trains UK N gauge OAA wagon

Models proposed are as follows:

  • 956001: BR Bauxite (yellow ‘ABN’ spot) Triple Pack
  • 956002: BR Bauxite Triple Pack
  • 956003: BR Railfreight Triple Pack No. 1
  • 956004: BR Railfreight Triple Pack No. 2
  • 956005: Civil Link Departmental Triple Pack
  • 956006: EWS Triple Pack
  • 956007: BR Bauxite (with Corpach Pool lettering) Triple Pack EXCLUSIVE TO RAINBOW RAILWAYS

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