The Class B tankers have now reached the minimum number of orders to justify tooling, and this has been authorised.
To recap, these models are aimed at modellers depicting the mid-1950s to the mid-1990s. The first were built for Esso in 1956 and used in large numbers through the 60s and 70s, though by the 1980s and 1990s they were relegated to more occasional traffic.
As well as block trains from refineries – hauled by steam and diesel locomotives – they were often found in smaller numbers delivering fuel in mixed trains to depots or more remote locations.
The wagons may be familiar to many as the subject of the vintage Airfix kit, and the shorter-barrelled Class B tankers were used for heavier oils while the longer Class A tanks (which we intend to offer if this model is proves popular) were used for lighter fuels.
We are offering two types – three with the original suspension, three with revised suspension, and the models will feature photo-etched catwalks, lots of separately fitted details, NEM couplers and separate owner’s plates.
The model CADs are complete and tooling is underway. We are hoping to have first samples to show soon.
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