Class 37/5 update

The latest news on the Class 37/5 project.

Class 37/5 No. 37507

RAIL EXPRESS Modeller entered into a special arrangement earlier this year with Bachmann that is to see the firm’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 37 model provided with a new nose, roof and improved detail to represent the refurbished former split-headcode box machines.

New flush-fronted nose and roof tooling has been based on RAIL EXPRESS research, while the Class 37s being produced will make full use of cantrail and nose grille variations allowing modellers to use these as a base for modelling other locomotives.

Five different machines are being produced in the first run, including a complementary centre-headcode example, on a ‘made to order’ basis. These are:

Class 37/5 locos Nos. 37501 and 37502

Twin-Pack A
37501 Teeside Steelmaster in its unique British Steel blue livery
37502 British Steel Teesside in Railfreight red stripe colours
Price will be £149.99 including P&P.

Class 37/5 locos Nos. 37510 and 37688

Twin-Pack B
37510 in Direct Rail Services blue
37688 Kingmoor TMD in Direct Rail Services blue
Price will be £149.99 including P&P.

Loco C
37507 Hartlepool Pipe Mill in Railfreight Metals triple-grey
Price will be £74.95 including P&P.

June 13th was the final date for guaranteed pre-orders, as Bachmann desired a firm commitment for quantities. However, RAIL EXPRESS has ordered a small number of extras to cover for people who might have missed out on these machines and these will be allocated on a strictly first come-first served basis.

All models will come with etched nameplates (where appropriate) and a special certificate.

South West Digital/ESU Mk.4 sound chips (one per model limit) are also offered as part of the deal at £79.99 each.

If you have not already purchased one of these special editions, and would like to, please call us on 01780 470086 (office hours).

The five locomotives are still on schedule for a September/October release, but firmer details will be provided in the RAIL EXPRESS Modeller magazine or on this website nearer the time.

Graphics courtesy of Simon Glancey wwrgallery.co.uk.

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