Following the breaking news at Pat Hammond's Model Rail Express Magazine (click here ) further details have emerged of the brand new Peco N gauge Collett goods 0-6-0 locomotive.
A Peco sales rep visited 53A Models of Hull today and he had in his pocket a pre-production example of a superbly proportioned model of a GWR Collett 0-6-0 loco.
It's worth reporting that this loco is to be produced DCC fitted - a first for N-gauge in this country utilising a Lenz decoder, but useable on both DC (with and without feedback) and DCC layouts. It could also be a first for any ready to run loco in the UK from any of the major manufacturers.
Apart from the decoder and a Mashima can motor powering the tender, all other parts will originate in the UK and all development work has been done in Devon where the loco will also be manufactured - no Chinese input here! The down side is the price, with the RRP expected to be £140.00 but offset by some exquisite quality including see-through wheels and superb level of detail.
Three versions will initially be produced, two in GWR livery and a BR black version. The first models are expected in the shops around September.
Initial impressions of John Turner, the boss of 53A Models of Hull, suggest that this loco is better than any British outline N-gauge model which has gone before, and will even be an improvement on the late lamented Peco Jubilee. Certainly the coupling rods are much finer than anything on that loco.
If this is the first of a future range from Peco, then Bachmann / Farish may have a lot to do to compete on quality. The price of £140 is such that it will be a good indicator of whether the British modeller in N-scale is willing to pay a premium price for quality.
The images included here are of the Bachmann Collett goods (OO gauge) and they are a good representation of what N gauge modellers can look forward to.