Revolution Trains is teaming up with Heljan to offer its first 0 gauge/1:43 scale model – a
limited run of 37405 in Direct Rail Services attractive “Compass” livery.
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 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. In 1985 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.
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 head code lighting and detailed cab interiors. The livery has been extensively researched and the model will be painted and printed to artwork generated by Revolution.
Revolution Trains would like to thank Direct Rail Services for their assistance in producing
Artwork has been approved and the model is available to pre-order now for £599 including
Delivery is expected in December 2020/January 2021.
For more information see www.revolutiontrains.com