22 September 2022
Class 37 and 47 for 'OO', plus Transit Van in 4mm:1ft scale join fleet of exclusive models offered by retailer.
Kernow Model Rail Centre announced exclusive models for 4mm:1ft and 7mm:1ft scales – see separate story – at its 20th anniversary event at Camborne, last Friday.
Exclusive models to be produced for the model retailer are special variants of Bachmann's Class 37 and 47 toolings for 4mm:1ft scale, a die-cast transit van, for 4mm:1ft scale, and a range of O gauge LSWR/SR Diagram 1410 covered vans for 7mm:1ft scale.
The Class 37 will depict 37418 An Comunn Gaidhealach in as preserved BR large logo livery – Era 11. The English Electric Type three, later Class 37 locomotive was built at the English Electric Vulcan Works and entered service as D6971 in March 1965. Under the TOPS numbering system, it was renumbered 37271 in March, 1974. It received twin fuel tanks in November 1979 and then rebuilt as a Class 37/4 in June 1985 being renumbered to 37418.
In January 1986, it transferred to Inverness and on October 10 the same year was named An Comunn Gaidhealach at Edinburgh. Following its transfer to Railfreight (Petroleum) Immingham in September 1990 the nameplate was removed on February 1, 1991. It later carried other names: Pectindae, Gordon Grigg, East Lancashire Railway; whilst it was allocated to a variety of operators including Regional Railways and EWS.
37418 entered storage in September 2007 being bought for preservation three months later and was officially withdrawn from service in February 2008. It is now privately owned, operational and returned to BR blue large logo livery, once again carrying the name An Comunn Gaidhealach.
The KMRC exclusive class 37 is available in three formats:
- Standard DCC ready versions: £239.95 with a Plux22 DCC decoder (The recommended decoder is Bachmann item No. 36-570).
- Sound-fitted models: £339.95, pre-fitted with an ESU Loksound V5 DCC decoder
- Sound-fitted deluxe models: £359.95
Also for the scale, Bachmann's Class 47 tooling will be used to produce exclusive models of 47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel in GWR 150th Anniversary green livery.
Models produced are as follows:
- 35-410Z Bachmann Class 47/4 47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel in GWR 150th Anniversary green livery. DCC ready.
- 35-410ZSF Bachmann Class 47/4 47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel in GWR 150th Anniversary green livery. DCC sound-fitted
- 35-410ZSFX Bachmann Class 47/4 47484 Isambard Kingdom Brunel in GWR 150th Anniversary green livery. DCC sound-fitted deluxe
In 1985 47484 was one of the Western Region 47s (along with 47079, 47500, 47628, plus Class 50 50007) to be specially treated for the GWR 150th anniversary celebrations. The original nameplates were placed with GWR style brass nameplate, numberplates and BR double arrows. Although these GWR brass embellishments were eventually removed, 47484 retained the lined Brunswick green right to the end of its working life in 2002.
The KMRC Exclusive model is being produced by Oxford Diecast and is based on its Long Wheelbase high roof Ford Transit van in white and carries the distinctive KMRC branding based on its real van that is a familiar sight heading to and from various exhibitions up and down the county and between the warehouse and the two branches in Camborne and Guildford.
The model is available under reference (SP165) Oxford Diecast Ford Transit - Kernow Model Rail Centre 20 at £6.95 (limited to 1500 pieces).
Chris Trerise, Managing Director, said, “It is great to commemorate our 20th anniversary with the announcement of this model of our very own van at our Camborne celebration event. The business has grown steadily since we opened the first Camborne shop in September 2002 that has included producing a wide and varied range of our Exclusive edition models.”
To place your orders for the above models, visit the Kernow Model Rail Centre website, or see its stores in Camborne or Guildford.