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All-new Southern Railway CCT/PMV Utility Van, updated Class 45 'Peak' and a new batch of Class 52 'Westerns' unveiled to coincide with the Gauge O Guild's 'Guildex 2022' event on September 3/4.

Guildex 2022 – New O gauge Announcements!

September 3rd/4th sees the return of the Gauge O Guild’s Guildex event at its new venue in Stafford. We’re attending with a display of current projects, pre-production prototypes and more. We hope to see you there.

To celebrate the return of Guildex after a three year break, we're announcing a trio of superb new O gauge projects for release in 2023/24.

Firstly, in response to customer demand there will be a new batch of our ever-popular Class 52 ‘Western’ C-C diesel. Artwork for the rerun has been approved and we expect to receive factory decorated samples shortly, ahead of their release in early-2023. Suggested Retail Price is £619 (£639 factory weathered).

#5291 BR Blue Class 52 Unnumbered (full yellow ends) ERA 6/7

#5292 BR Maroon Class 52 D1001 Western Pathfinder (yellow bufferbeams) ERA 5

#5293 BR Green Class 52 D1038 Western Sovereign (small yellow panels) ERA 5

#5294 BR Blue Class 52 D1031 Western Rifleman (full yellow ends) WEATHERED ERA 7

#5295 BR Golden Ochre Class 52 D1015 Western Champion (small yellow panels) ERA 9

#5296 BR Desert Sand Class 52 D1000Western Enterprise (small yellow panels) ERA 5

Peak Returns!

Also much requested is our second new item; a fully revised and updated Class 45 ‘Peak’ with sealed beam nose ends, plug-and-play DCC interface and improved lighting features. The models will be available as steam heat Class 45/0 and Electric Heat Class 45/1 variants, the latter with the option of HI headlights for late-1980s modellers (see below). Please be aware that the sample shown below is a hand-assembled engineering prototype, subject to modification and improvement before being approved for production.

NEW! O Gauge Class 45/0 and 45/1 Models

#4520 BR blue Class 45/0 unnumbered ERA 7/8

#4521 BR blue Class 45/0 45004 Royal Irish Fusilier ERA 7/8

#4522 BR blue Class 45/0 45033 ‘Sirius’ WEATHERED ERA 8

#4525 BR blue Class 45/1 unnumbered ERA 7/8

#4526 BR blue 45144 Royal Signals ERA 7/8

#4527 BR blue Class 45/1 unnumbered with HI headlight ERA 8

#4528 BR blue 45110 ‘Medusa’ with HI headlight WEATHERED ERA 8

#4529 Railtour Green 45106 with HI headlight ERA 8

First engineering samples are due to arrive in the UK shortly for review (look out for further updates soon) and we expect these models to be released in Q3 2023. Standard features will included an XL decoder interface, space for a large speaker and smoke unit, twin motors/flywheels, independently switchable cab, tail and headlights and superb fine detail throughout. Suggested Retail Price will be £699 (£729 weathered editions).

This Charming Van - SR PMV/CCT

Finally, our third new item expands our range of O gauge rolling stock with two classic Southern Railway vehicles that enjoyed eight decades of service. The closely related SR Parcels & Miscellaneous Van (PMV) – also known as a Passenger Luggage Van or PLV - and Covered Carriage Truck (CCT) can trace their origins back to the South Eastern & Chatham Railway, but construction continued until the early-1950s with BR.

As the prototype was built across numerous batches with even planked bodies and doors, uneven planked bodies and doors and plywood body panels, our model is being designed to depict a wide range of variations across the fleet. It will appeal to Southern and BR era modellers with a timespan reaching from the 1920s to the 2000s. And, as the real things reached every corner of the BR network, almost every layout will be able to find a home for these versatile and distinctive utility vans. Suggested Retail Price will be £249 (£269 weathered editions).

NEW! Southern Railway PMV/CCT O Gauge Models

#9150 Southern Railway PMV No. 1171 (even planks)

#9151 BR Crimson PMV unnumbered (uneven planks)

#9152 BR(S) green PMV S1626S (plywood body)

#9153 BR Blue PMV S1574 (plywood body)

#9154 BR Blue PMV S1865 (uneven planks) WEATHERED

#9155 BR Gulf Red PMV ADS4 (even planks)

#9170 Southern Railway CCT No 2372 (even planks)

#9171 BR Crimson CCT S1765S (even planks) WEATHERED

#9172 BR(S) green CCT unnumbered (even planks)

#9173 BR Blue NOV (CCT) S2017 (plywood body)

#9174 BR Departmental Olive ADB975276 (uneven planks)

#9175 BR Blue CCT S1733 (uneven planks)

This project is currently at the CAD stage but progressing quickly and we hope to show first samples in early-2023 with production towards the end of next year. Look out for further updates on all these new models here and on our Facebook page over the coming months!


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