The first working engineering prototype (EP) of the Minerva RTR 0 gauge GWR 8750 0-6-0 pannier tank locomotive has arrived. Because this is an EP some features will change as we refine the design e.g. the balancing pipe between the tanks is missing as we are revising the way it will fit. One photo shows the low relief dummy inside motion. The locomotive runs comfortably on PECO Setrack curves. The numberplates are by Narrow Planet. Each each loco will include a voucher giving a 50% discount off the Narrow Planet price for suitable GWR and BR plates.
The locos will be available with or without top-feed and in GWR green and British Railways black liveries. The steps on the front of the tanks (old and new styles) and the bunker, toolboxes, short and long whistle shields, bufferbeam and valence vacuum and steam pipes, cab roof handrail, toolboxes and ATS box will be supplied loose for the owner to fit as required. The bucket (with working handle) and fire-irons will also be included.
Delivery of the 8750 remains on target for July 2017. The retail price is £265 for DC/DCC Ready, £320 DCC Fitted and £390 DCC Sound fitted. All prices include UK VAT and the loco is only available directly from Minerva Model Railways by mail order, this website or from our stand at selected model railway shows. The EP will be on show at the NEWGOG show in Newport, Gwent on Saturday 22nd April 2017 where Chris B and Chris K will be delighted to see you (and sell you one…or more).