The Class 313 and 314 are part of the PEP (Prototype Electro Pneumatic) family of units and were based on designs developed in the early 1970s for a new type of commuter train. The main fleet built between 1976 and 1981 comprised Classes 313 (Great Northern), 314 (Scottish region), 315 (Great Eastern), 507 (Merseyside) and 508 (Southern, then Merseyside) units. The class 313/314 introduced innovative features such as Tightlock couplers and sliding doors, and were the first British units to incorporate both pantograph and third rail pick ups.
The class 314 was introduced in 1979 and were in service for 40 years – typically in the Strathclyde area on services on the Argyll line and North Clyde line, later in life the 314s moved to the Cathcart Circle, Paisley Canal and sometimes Inverclyde lines. Initially in blue-grey, they were quickly painted into the Strathclyde orange livery with 314216 the first repaint in August 1983 (and the whole fleet repainted by Summer 1984). Some units lasted until 2006 in Strathclyde orange livery.
Our N gauge (1:148 scale) model of the class 314 “PEP” EMU will feature our normal features:
- highly detailed 3 car electric multiple unit
- working, directional lights (with different appropriate styles for each version – original or revised)
- user switchable lighting functions
- low profile drive unit (in centre car)
- kinematic close coupling with electrical connections between cars
- detailed interior
- realistic pantograph
- DCC decoder socket (next 18)
- Fine wheelsets to NMRA RP25 standards
The class 314 will be offered in DC silent (though there will be a DCC socket for those who wish to fit their own decoder) or DCC sound fitted options. (Please note that DC sound functions will be limited to traction sounds on DC).
We are offering 2 numbers for you to choose from in the Strathclyde orange livery: 314211 or 314216.
(The CAD and sample pictures may show images for the 313.)
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