TGauge.com to release world's smallest RTR locomotive


By Howard Smith

16 November 2020

Model railway retailer and manufacturer TGauge shares a video of its forthcoming RTR Class 08 0-6-0 shunter, set to become the smallest ready-to-run model locomotive.

TGauge.com is expected to release its smallest locomotive to date, depicting the 0-6-0 Class 08 diesel-electric shunter. Models are being shipped a month later than planned to customers who pre-ordered, owing to the impact on the supply chain through Covid-19.

Pre-orders of the first batch of this new locomotive have sold out, though a second batch has been promised, with deliveries expected to commence in 2021. The manufacturer is inviting interested parties of its second batch to identify liveries they would like to see produced.

T gauge.com Class 08 locomotive 1:450 scale

Demonstrating the size of T gauge (1:450 scale) is this small diorama inside a makeup case.

TGauge.com commented, "We apologise for delaying the pleasure of holding one of these beauties in your hands, but ask you to bear with us whilst we continue to dot the 'i's and cross the 't's to bring you the world's smallest diesel locomotive model."

The retailer recently posted a video of a pre-production sample of its forthcoming model:

Built between 1952 and 1962, 996 BR Class 08s were constructed for the marshalling of exchange sidings, yards and even pick-up freights. With a maximum speed of 15mph (some variants could achieve 20mph) the units were geared for power over speed. A number remain in service with operators whom require shunting duties to be performed, while some have found new lives on heritage railways.

For pricing and release dates and further information, see its website.

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