At the International N Gauge show at Leamington this weekend Revolution Trains is proposing Class 21 and 29 diesels in N Gauge.
These models would be manufactured by Dapol, who are currently working on a OO model. Our goal is to bring modellers together to crowd-fund items that the manufacturers would not otherwise produce. Dapol have indicated to us that an N gauge model is not otherwise in their immediate plans.
The price will be £110 for the standard DCC ready model, and £205 for DCC sound fitted. Because none of these locos exist anymore, the sound will be produced for us by Legomanbiffo using sounds from a genuine MAN engine (for the 21) and electrical equipment that was common to other locomotives that are still in existence.
From 1958-1960 North British in Glasgow built 58 type 2 locomotives, later given the TOPS code Class 21. The first 38 were deployed to the Eastern Region, the remainder to Scotland, though within months all
were sent north of the border.
When introduced all were in plain green, with disc indicators and nose connector doors, though later yellow warning panels were applied.
Poor reliability led to a limited scheme to re-engine some members of the class, designated Class 29.
D6123 was the first to receive the new Paxman engine, but the front end was not modified and it retained its disc headcode indicators.
The other 19 converted locomotives received headcode boxes and received a two-tone gree livery.
Some were also repainted into BR Blue livery. There are variations, with old or new style numbers and differing positions of the BR totem.
(Thanks to Graham Wareham for these evocative photos.)
The re-engined locomotives were far more reliable and worked fairly successfully from Glasgow to Fort William and Oban, and across central Scotland via Perth and Aberdeen to Inverness.
However, in the early 1970s they were declared non-standard and all were withdrawn by the end of 1971. None are preserved.
This map shows approximately where they operated during their short careers, though it does not claim to be exhaustive:
To reach the production threshold we need to get to 1200 orders for model 1, then a further 900 for model 2 - obviously whether the 21 or 29 comes first depends on which gets the most interest!
At the moment, as ever, we require no money just a serious expression of interest; we are hoping to have reached at least 1200 orders by Xmas so that work can begin in the New Year.
Since all the tooling will be paid for and funding is guaranteed, we are assured that our models would progress rapidly through the production cycle.
This model has been selected because we know Dapol can tool the characteristic face very well (it's the same, virtually, as their excellent Class 22) and they are producing this model in OO anyway. If this drive is successful we are hoping the N gauge model for our supporters would come out at about the same time as the OO model.
If it is produced, the model would be available in the standard Dapol range eventually but not for at least two years.
We also feel this model will go very well with the existing Farish Classes 24 and 25, and upcoming DJM Class 17; making small Scottish layouts very achievable.
Edited by Ben A, 10 September 2015 - 09:18 .