The decorated samples of our two Class 03 shunters have arrived by courier for final approval of the paint application and decoration. Bachmann has done a fine job not only on the livery but also on the rest of this
brand new model, which means that it should prove a big hit when it is released in the early autumn.
A SURPRISE DELIVERY from Bachmann today, was the approval samples of our special edition ‘OO’ gauge Class 03s. Here we present the first image of this brand new model in all its factory-decorated finery. In the short time we had available to examine our examples, we’ve concluded that this totally reworked shunter will be a sure-fire winner.
Whisper it if you dare, but RAIL EXCLUSIVE’s boss, has a real penchant for those honorary steam engines of the diesel world, the diminutive 204hp Class 03s. Perhaps it was down to his mis-spent youth, sitting on the end of Newcastle station or bunking around Landore shed but the fool’s now gone and ordered a few box loads of models for everyone to share!
The Class 37/5 models produced last year have proven extremely successful. A stock taking exercise reveals that we have sold out completely of the BR Railfreight duo of No. 37501 & 37502 but a surprising find in the warehouse leaves us with a limited number of DRS twin packs still available to purchase.
A progress report from Bachmann HQ on our current projects indicates that our two Class 03s have been despatched from the Chinese factory and are en route to the UK by sea. We expect to see the first engineering samples of the Class 37/7s soon with an indication that a pre-Christmas delivery is on the cards.
A delivery from Bachmann has arrived at our warehouse. That means you shouldn’t have to wait much longer for your Class 03s! The first consignment comprises No. 03371, which we understand, will be followed by our second locomotive in about a weeks time.
FRANTIC ACTIVITY in the office today as a curtain-side lorry pulls up outside at 08.30am ready to off-load a few pallets of ‘toy trains’ disturbing the morning ritual of tea, toast and the Today programme. It’s all hands to the pump as a well-oiled machine fires into operation to ensure orders are dispatched as quickly as possible. The loco is a little beauty but there’s no time to play as the boxes are split down and the locos repackaged with certificates ready for a Royal Mail collection.
The Class 03 shunters are the first of our products to feature our RAIL EXCLUSIVE branding, complete with ‘special edition’ silver seal and new outer presentation package which also acts as a more robust storage box.