NGS’ FIRST RTR LOCOMOTIVE
To help celebrate the NGS’s 50th anniversary, the Society has produced its first powered ready-to-run offering – a model of the Hunslet industrial 0-6-0 Shunter. Many of these locomotives were built from the 1960s onwards and saw use in collieries, steelworks, refineries, quarries, paper mills and other industrial locations. The last loco was built in 1988 for Caledonian Paper in Irvine and at least 23 still survive in industrial use (with a further 6-10 in preservation).
The model’s specification includes 0-6-0 chassis with coreless motor and low gearing for smooth running plus stay-alive capacitor; wheels to NMRA standards and NEM couplers. All models are factory-fitted with a DCC decoder and are designed to run on either DC or DCC ‘out of the box’ and they also feature loco-specific handrails and bonnet details, along with flashing amber cab roof beacons where appropriate
The price, depending on final costs and prevailing exchange rates, is hoped to be in the region of £82 per model. No further orders are being taken until those already ordered have been fulfilled.
In view of the number of possible liveries, the Society has decided to offer a choice of fifteen, with the proviso that any livery not receiving an acceptable number of pre-orders may be dropped. There is also an undecorated version for those wishing to produce something different from what’s on offer.
Instructions and Manuals
Prior to the release of the Hunslets the instructions and manuals are available here.