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Yes, this is the story:

ITALIAN MANUFACTURER VITRAINS, which entered the British outline 'OO' gauge RTR market in 2007 with a Class 37, has announced a range expansion that is headlined by the introduction of a new locomotive - a Class 47…

The model, priced around £80, will be to a similar specification as the Type 3, with central five-pole motor and directional lighting. It also features a finely detailed and accurately dimensioned bodyshell.

A pre-Christmas release is proposed for the model which will initially be available in two body variants formats as is obvious from the following running numbers:

November:
Class 47/4 47401 North Eastern (BR large logo blue)

December:
Class 47/7 47768 Resonant (Rail express systems red/grey)
Class 47/8 47844 Derby & Derbyshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry (InterCity Swallow)

ViTrains has also announced further Class 37 releases, some using its previously revealed tooling modifications, to create the Class 37/5 and Class 37/7 sub-class.

October:
Class 37/7 37710 (Loadhaul black/orange)

November:
Class 37/4 37417 Richard Trevithick (EWS maroon/gold)
Class 37/5 37505 & 37685 (InterCity Swallow) - limited edition twin pack

December:
Class 37/5 37512 Thornaby Demon (Railfreight grey)
 

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Sorry to be a party pooper, but, in all honesty do we really need yet another class 47?

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 17 Oct 2008, 12:02) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Sorry to be a party pooper, but, in all honesty do we really need yet another class 47?
...and one as bad as their poor quality class 37?

ViTrains will really have to "up their game" if they want to compete with the (to be revised) Bachmann model.
 

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QUOTE (Oakydoke @ 17 Oct 2008, 12:33) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>...and one as bad as their poor quality class 37?

ViTrains will really have to "up their game" if they want to compete with the (to be revised) Bachmann model.
I have been told, quite firmly, that the product is vastly superior to any Bachmann offering. It's the box...
 

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QUOTE (34C @ 17 Oct 2008, 13:01) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I have been told, quite firmly, that the product is vastly superior to any Bachmann offering. It's the box...

So the ViTrains box is superior to the Bachmann one?!

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 17 Oct 2008, 14:24) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>So the ViTrains box is superior to the Bachmann one?!
Apparently, for some people this is the case. As far as I am concerned the box is purely transport protection, and only what is inside is of interest; but there are others for whom the box is the thing, and the whole thing.
 

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QUOTE (34C @ 17 Oct 2008, 21:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Apparently, for some people this is the case. As far as I am concerned the box is purely transport protection, and only what is inside is of interest; but there are others for whom the box is the thing, and the whole thing.

***The perfect approach really - As when the two are compared, the Vitrains is a pretty average effort overall and better left in the box, while the Bachmann by far the better loco and therefore the choice for use on the layout....

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