Posted on

O-la-la! Class 37 in 0-gauge from Revolution!

Revolution Trains is teaming up with Heljan to offer its first 0 gauge/1:43 scale model – a limited run of 37405 in the stylish Direct Rail Services “Compass” livery.

Photo courtesy Neil Downing

The Heljan model is highly detailed, digital and sound-ready, and features a 5-pole motor on each bogie, rotating roof fan, directional head, tail and headcode lighting and detailed cab interiors.  The livery has been extensively researched and the model will be painted and printed to artwork generated by Revolution.

This release builds on the launch of Heljan’s successful and award-winning Class 37/4 locomotive and offers Revolution a chance to assess demand in the O-gauge market.  If successful, Revolution will examine options for upscaling other models to the “senior scale.”

This release is not crowdfunded but is being backed by an angel investor to offer DRS fans and 0-gauge enthusiasts a much sought-after livery.  The DRS “Compass” livery is being produced exclusively for Revolution by Heljan under licence from DRS and numbers are limited.

Originally numbered D6982, the locomotive was built at English Electric’s Vulcan Foundry and entered service in 1965.  Two decades later it became one of a number of Class 37s rebuilt and fitted with electric train heating at Crewe Works and was renumbered 37405.  Following privatisation it was sold by EWS to Direct Rail Services in 2011, overhauled at Barrow Hill and re-entered service in 2013. Today, 37405 remains in the DRS operational fleet (XHAC – Kingmoor 37/4), retaining its iconic ‘Compass’ livery. The locomotive has worked a variety of trains including passenger, charter, test trains, empty stock moves and nuclear flasks, across the UK.

Photo courtesy Rob Sandford

Revolution Trains would like to thank Direct Rail Services for their assistance in producing this model.

Artwork has been approved and the model is available to pre-order now for £599 including postage. Payment can be in full now or in two installments of 50% each.

Delivery is expected in December 2020/January 2021.