The latest announcements from ViTrains have an up-to-date theme.
SEEMINGLY UNDETERRED BY the economic downturn, Italian R-T-R manufacturer ViTrains continues its busy schedule of releases, and it has today outlined its new Class 37 and Class 47 models for the next three months.
All six models, to be released in pairs over May to July, cover locomotives currently seen on the national network. The colourful selection being drawn from four different operators.
May sees the release of a special twin pack of Network Rail Class 97/3s (ex-Class 37), featuring bright yellow-liveried Nos. 97302 & 97304 John Tiley (Cat Ref. V2031).
The following month sees ViTrains go all-over maroon with a pair of West Coast Railway Company locomotives. Class 47/7 No. 47787 is a recent addition to the real life WCRC fleet (Cat Ref. V2095), as is ‘refurbished’ Class 37/7 No. 37706 (Cat Ref. V2080), one of two ‘Heavyweights’ currently working for the Carnforth-based firm. Notably No. 47787 has a flush former headcode panel at both ends so it will be interesting to see if ViTrains’ model represents this correctly.
Finally, July will bring Cotswold Rail silver Class 47/8 No. 47828, named after the lead singer of the Clash, Joe Strummer (Cat Ref. V2094), and another ‘refurbished’ English Electric Type 3 in the form of Direct Rail Services ‘Compass’-liveried Class 37/5 No. 37682 (Cat Ref. V2082). The Cotswold Class 47 is one of number of the type to feature the ‘green spot’ multiple working socket on the cab front.
More details can be found in the ViTrains flyer reproduced below: