Accurascale has today announced another significant milestone in its new model programme, revealing the very first tooling prototype sample of its forthcoming Class 37 locomotives.
The Dublin based manufactures Class 37 project was announced at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition in 2019, with plans to produce the missing links in the Class. Unveiled here is the first assembled prototype sample, representing D6700, which recently celebrated its 60th birthday.
This pre-production model represents one of the first five members the class constructed, delivered from English Electric’s Vulcan Foundry at Newton-le-Willows between December 1960 and January 1961. They are distinguishable from the other 114 split head code machines due to their characteristic riveted multi-part cantrail grilles. These models also feature a four-character headcode display, frost grille, double-riveted roof, buffer beam cowling with large round Oleo buffers, bodyside water filler access door and steps and early buffer beam configuration with vacuum/steam/control piping only.
Like with any newly tooled model, there are some tweaks to be made, including refining some of the fittings, particularly in the roof area, along with tooling marks, unevenness on some of the grilles and the addition of more rivet detail.
Accurascale is very happy with how this model is coming together, and will be sharing more previews of the various sub classes which form part of their first release programme in the coming weeks, with decorated samples expected in the spring of 2021.
If you wish to pre-order one of these Class 37s, you can do so by clicking here or visiting your local 'Accurascale Approved' stockists! Delivery is Q2 2021.