59003 – GBRf

An N gauge model of 59003 in GBRf livery

SKU: RT-N59-GB-003 Category:


Exclusively available from Rails of Sheffield, an N gauge (1:148) model of 59003 – 59003 is unique amongst all the 59s. 59003 was modified and moved to Germany in 1997 for use on the German network as part of joint Foster Yeoman-DB operation.  It later moved into operation by Heavy Haul Power International (HHPI). In 2014 GBRf repatriated  59003 and brought it back into UK mainline use.  59003 has some unique detail variations which we have tooled up to faithfully represent the modified locomotive.

  • Unique bodyshell accurate for 59003 as modified for use in Germany and now the UK
  • Additional, working top marker light above windscreen
  • Rectangular buffers
  • no NRN roof pods
  • choice of GBRf liveries: original Europorte GBRf livery (2014 – 2020) or simplified GBRf (2020-present)

59003 shares the following common features with all our Class 59 models:

  • Next generation heavy, diecast chassis with smooth running, low friction and low geared design (estimated weight 105+g)
  • Highly detailed injection moulded body with photo-etched and wire details and separate plastic parts
  • Lift off, easy-access central body section (as per the prototype!) to allow access to the decoder socket and switches
  • Prototype body detail variations eg headlight differences, NRN pod locations, cab handrail recesses, cab door handles, roof hatches, exhausts,  and accurate chassis variation including variations in cooler pipes, lashing loops and fire extinguishers
  • Separate (not solid) angled struts connecting body to chassis to allow distinctive see-through appearance of prototype
  • Buffer beam detailing: one end super-detailed with solid air dam, air pipes and cosmetic coupler all fitted. Alternative solid air dam supplied for coupler end, and open air dam for those wishing to couple at both ends
  • Working accurate headlights including working marker lights. Lights switchable using easy to access microswitches or with DCC
  • Next 18 NEM 652 socket  New and improved Next 28 (ESU E24) decoder socket (see our article for more details) and factory fitted speaker for easy sound fitting
  • Fine wheels to NMRA RP25 standards
  • Body-mounted, kinematic close couplers with NEM coupler sockets