Sample images of ViTrain’s forthcoming Brush Type 4.
WITH THE ITALIAN manufacturer ViTrains having announced a brand new Class 47 model just two weeks ago (see story here), we present a selection of views of an early pre-production sample of the ‘life extended’ version of the locomotive, plus livery diagrams for the first three releases.
The ‘OO’ gauge locomotive, planned for a pre-Christmas release with a recommended retail price of around £79, is similar in specification to the existing Class 37 and is fitted with a centrally mounted five-pole motor and directional lighting. Also apparent is the now to be expected bufferbeam detailing, etched fan grilles and fine metal handrails.
REM has been fortunate enough to be allowed to quickly examine a sample and it is clear the Italians have paid close attention to the prototype machines, capturing the familiar but distinctive face of the Brush Type 4s. The finely detailed bodyshell is well proportioned and faithful in both length and width with accurate window apertures which should immediately relegate the Heljan product to an ‘also ran’.
Information received indicates that both the ‘intermediate’ (plated boiler port/plated headcodes) and ‘life-extended’ (cut-back bufferbeam cowling, with the most numerous style of long range fuel tanks) formats are being produced simultaneously. The sample seen featured nicely represented opaque lens marker lights (No. 1) and sealed beams at opposite ends with a plated-over circular Spanner boiler port.
The chassis is also an improvement over Bachmann’s first effort at the class with well-observed bogie sideframe piping and various underslung arrangements for the battery boxes and/or water and fuel tank.
The first release will be ‘intermediate’ version Class 47/4 No. 47401 North Eastern (BR large logo blue), which will be quickly followed by the ‘life-extended’ pairing of Class 47/7 No. 47768 Resonant (Rail express systems) and Class 47/8 No. 47844 Derby & Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce (InterCity Swallow).