Class 89 EP Sample Arrives!
The First Class 89 EP Sample Arrives!
The 2022 Warley Model Railway Show at the NEC, Birmingham saw the unveiling of the first engineering prototype (EP) sample of the forthcoming Class 89 locomotive in 00 gauge, an exclusive edition model available to order exclusively from Rails of Sheffield and Accurascale.
Announced in late June of 2022, the unique design and mouth-watering specification of this special edition locomotive has captured the imagination of modellers, with a large volume of pre-orders being placed on announcement, and samples on both the Rails of Sheffield and Accurascale stands drawing much favourable comment and admiration.
Both samples arrived early last week in time for the Warley show, and this week Accurascale’s design team will now run the rule over the samples, ensuring that the model delivers on the highest standards of quality and fidelity demanded by both Accurascale and Rails of Sheffield for their exclusive models.
Initial impressions are very favourable, with a crispness to the mouldings which can be seen around the bogies in particular, along with some beautiful detail touches on the front, underframe and of course the pantograph well. Any tweaks will be fed back to the factory and rectified ahead of decorated samples due in early 2023. The project remains on schedule too, with delivery still anticipated for Q3 of 2023.
Orders can be secured via the Accurascale and Rails of Sheffield websites for just a £30 deposit, with prices for the DCC Ready version priced at £229.99, and the DCC sound ESU Loksound 5 fitted models £329.99, reflecting the limited nature of this very special release.