The famous DELTIC locomotive is to be reproduced in ‘OO’.
VISITORS TO THE National Railway Museum (NRM) this festive season will be in with a chance of getting their hands on one of the first 500 working models of a historic locomotive owned by the museum. In a surprise release, Bachmann have produced a ‘OO’ gauge model of Deltic for the NRM.
Bachmann hopes the locomotive will be the first of a series of limited edition models based on well-known engines from the national collection.
The Special Limited Edition commemorative model is due to hit the shelves in December – just in time for Christmas. However, modellers who want to make doubly sure they are one of the proud owners of the exclusive first 500 will be able to reserve their special purchase in advance.
Graham Hubbard, Managing Director of Bachmann said: “This project proved challenging. The works drawings no longer existed so we had to use laser scanning equipment for the first time. A special gantry also had to be erected at Shildon to enable the scanner, provided by a specialist contractor, to pass over the whole length of the locomotive but the results proved well worth it.”
Each sale will support the NRM in its vital work in preserving Britain’s railway heritage, and providing public access to the national collections.
Andrew Scott, Director of the NRM said: “The prototype Deltic locomotive has always been a popular exhibit in our museums and through our joint project with Bachmann, we are now able to provide for the first time a top quality model of this unique and very striking locomotive. We are delighted with the end product and thank Bachmann Europe for bringing it to fruition. We’re very much looking forward to seeing new limited edition models in the years to come.”
Modeller’s who do not manage to get hold of this exclusive first edition model need not be too downhearted. Following the first 500 Special Limited Edition commemorative sets available from December 2007, there will be a further 2500 Limited Edition standard models following in January 2008.