The National Railway Museum (NRM) and Bachmann Europe Plc are offering modellers a helping hand during the credit crunch by offering them the chance to buy the latest limited edition boxed set model in the NRM-branded series in instalments.
Following the storming success of the Prototype Deltic model, the D9002 is the next Deltic in the series. It is currently on sale as part of a limited edition boxed set, where it is paired with its predecessor in the range, the French blue Deltic Prototype 'OO' gauge working model. The duo are presented in a wooden box with a Deltic Prototype pin badge, and if fans order before 31 March, a pewter KOYLI nameplate worth £44 will also be included free of charge.
The two-tone BR green D9002 has never been commercially available before and the model captures the locomotive during an early time in its fascinating history. The latest edition is modelled in "as delivered" condition -without nameplates and without a yellow warning panel.
D9002 was delivered to the Eastern Region in 1961 and entered traffic on 9 March that year. It was named 'The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry' on 4 April 1963 by the Colonel of the Regiment, Lieutenant General Sir Roger H. Bower during a ceremony at York Station. The locomotive was withdrawn as 55002 from traffic by British Rail on 2 January 1982 and preserved by the National Railway Museum as part of the National Collection.
The models are offered as a paired set because D9002 and the Prototype Deltic were both operating in 1961. Collectors can buy the set in two instalments - the beautiful wooden box, foam insert, Prototype Deltic model and enamel pin badge costs £195 + P&P, and the D9002 KOYLI working model and numbered certificate will then available from the end of March 2009 at just £60 + P&P on receipt of a special code. This pricing will be on offer until 31 July 2009.
Tish Bolton, Project Manager at the NRM, explained:
"Both locomotives are popular exhibits in the National Collection and we felt they would prove equally popular with collectors and modellers.
"Hopefully the decision to offer the chance to purchase the model in two stages will prove popular, given the current financial climate. In addition we are able to offer a number of stock in the National Railway Museum's shop. Every purchase will support the NRM in its vital work in preserving the National Collection.
"We are really pleased to have produced another quality product through our partnership with Bachmann and we hope the D9002 will match the success of the limited edition DP1 which sold out in just nine days."
Would-be owners of the boxed set should call 01904 685 730 or visit www.nrmstore.com.
Also: There will be a feature about the D9002 in this month's Model Rail magazine and the chance to win a boxed set!