Rapido Trains announce N Gauge Class 44/45/46 'Peak'
Rapido Trains UK is to produce a series of all-new ‘N’ gauge Class 44, 45 and 46 1Co-Co1 diesel locomotives.
Collectively known as ‘Peaks’ due to the original Class 44s being named after English and Welsh mountains, these distinctive Sulzer engined locomotives were built between the late 1950s and early 1960s, resulting in ten Class 44s, 127 Class 45s and 56 Class 46s.
Rapido’s all-new ‘N’ gauge models will reflect the detail differences between class members and also feature a high quality motor, Next18 Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket, directional lighting, etched radiator grilles, separately fitted handrails and windscreen wipers, NEM coupler sockets and headcode discs for customer fitment.
Currently at the design stage, the Class 44 will be first to appear with nine models planned including:
948001 D1 Scafell Pike in plain BR green
948002 D7 Ingleborough in plain BR green
948003 D2 Helvellyn BR green with small yellow warning panels & white stripe
948004 D5 Cross Fell in BR green with small yellow warning panels
948005 6/D6 Whernside in BR green with full yellow ends
948006 3 Skiddaw in BR blue
948007 44007 Ingleborough in BR blue
948008 44008/D8 Penyghent in late 1970s preserved BR blue
948009 D4 Great Gable in as-preserved BR blue
Prices have yet to be confirmed, but release is expected during 2023.
For more information visit the Rapido Trains UK website