Accurascale has announced that it is developing an all new 4mm scale (OO gauge) model of the English Electric Type 3/Class 37. This is set to be the firm’s third British-outline locomotive project, following on from its forthcoming models of the Class 92 electric and Class 55 Deltic.
The Accurascale Class 37 will cover a multitude of different builder, era and locomotive-specific options, although the initial focus will be on prototypes in ‘as built’ and current operating conditions, bookending the 60-year careers of the prototypes.
The ‘early’ versions will cover locomotives D6700 – 6704 (later designated Class 37/0), which were the first five locomotives delivered from English Electric’s Vulcan Foundry at Newton-le-Willows between December 1960 and January 1961.
The ‘current’ versions will cover DRS Class 37/6s Nos.37601 – 37612, these models being equipped with WIPAC light clusters and top headlight – plus numerous other protoype-specific details.
The planned specification for the models includes all wheel drive, helical hearing, full lighting functions, ‘stay-alive’ powerpack, large five-pole centrally mounted can motor with twin flywheels and a heavy metal chassis with 21-pin DCC socket.
Sound-equipped versions will feature an ESU Loksound 5 decoder and twin speaker arrangement.
Notable cosmetic details are set to include sprung metal buffers, fine factory-installed pipework, screw couplings and optional snowploughs.
The brake blocks, which will be in line with the wheels, will be movable to allow for conversion to EM or P4, suitable ‘drop in’ wheelsets being available separately.
CAD is largely complete (renders are reproduced here) with some corrections required prior to tooling commencing. Prices have been confirmed as £169.99 for DCC ready, and £259.99 for DCC sound fitted versions.
The models will be available direct and through Accurascale stockists. If buying direct from Accurascale, a £30.00 deposit will be required. Delivery is slated for the fourth quarter of 2020. For more details: