The first of the new Graham Farish N gauge Class 42 'Warship' diesels (catalogue number 371-600) has sailed in to Barwell and is now being distributed to Bachmann and Graham Farish dealers.
Thirty-eight diesel hydraulic locomotives were built at Swindon between 1958 and 1961 for use on Western Region services to and from London Paddington. All carried the names of Royal Navy warships and had a top speed of 90 mph. Although primarily used for passenger workings, they also appeared on parcels and freight trains. In later life they also worked on the Southern Region passenger trains between London Waterloo and Exeter. The first was withdrawn in 1968 and the last in December 1972. Two locomotives have been preserved.
The Graham Farish model will initially be available in four versions;
371-600 D817 'Foxhound' in BR maroon (NOW AVAILABLE)
371-601 D804 'Avenger' in BR blue (DUE SHORTLY)
371-602 D814 'Dragon' in BR green (DUE SHORTLY)
371-603 D815 'Druid' in BR maroon (DUE SHORTLY)
The models are to the new 'Blue Riband' standard, have working headcode lights, NEM coupling pocket, detailing pack (with spare bogie moulding for use with detailing pack) and a 6PIN DCC socket. Each model has a recommended retail price of £79.20.
To see an image of the Farish Warship model in a higher resolution, click here (1280 pixels wide)