We are pleased to announce we will produce the GWR Steam Railmotor in OO Gauge in association with the Great Western Society at Didcot.
Image above copyright and courtesy Mike Webber - Railmotor 93 in the Glynn Valley
The Great Western Railway wanted a cost-effective way to improve local passenger services at the start of the Twentieth Century in response to the threat from urban tramways. The Railmotor was their solution to this and such was their success in many areas that patronage rapidly outgrew the capacity available! Several batches were built and by 1905 there were around 50 in service with around 100 built when production was complete in 1908. A number of trailers were also built in response to the success of the Railmotors to increase their capacity. By the mid 1920s most Railmotors had been converted to auto-trailers to allow longer trains to operate in conjunction with a more powerful steam locomotive.
Operational details and preservation
Used through the Great Western Railway from Cornwall to the London suburbs, number 93 is preserved by the Great Western Society at Didcot and has made many visits around the country, most notably to work on the Looe branch in Cornwall and the Brentford branch in London.
Image above copyright and courtesy John Hastings Thompson - Railmotor 93 at Llangollen
The Proposed Model
The prototype will be laser scanned at Didcot to ensure an accurate rendition of the body shapes and details. We intend to fit working directional oil lamps and working interior lights. The model will be DCC ready with a 21-pin decoder socket. Five versions will be released with a price of £159.99 at release, although you can save £10 per model if placing a pre-order.
No funds are required until we are ready to send the order and of course the orders can be cancelled without penalty at any time before delivery. (Please note if you order through our website the funds will initially be taken immediately but we will refund these in full within one working day).
Graham Drew, Great Western Society Railmotor Project Manager, said "The Society is pleased to offer every assistance to Kernow Model Rail Centre to enable an historically accurate model to be produced to the highest standard, and to be involved in bringing this unique vehicle to modellers of the GWR.”
Chris Trerise, Kernow Model Rail Centre Managing Director, said "When I first rode on the Railmotor from Liskeard to Looe and return in 2012 I was hooked and knew I had to get this into my portfolio of models. I am really pleased to be working with the Great Western Society as this project progresses"
Project Update - November 2016
The laser scanning has been completed and work can now start on the CADs. Image below shows the laser scanner in action, under the supervision of Assistant Manager Sam
Project Update - November 2017 - First CADS received
Just in time for Warley, the first CADS have been received. These are not yet complete but show progress to date.
Project Update - November 2018 - Second CADS received
Just in time for Warley, the second CADS have been received. These have yet to be checked and it is unlikely we will have time to do this prior to Warley next week. Some screen captures below show the latest CAD.
Project Update - July 2019 - Third CADS received
The third CADS have been received. These have yet to be fully checked although many of the issues we have raised have been corrected. There are a couple of minor issues with the water tank gauge and some front end details for example and we will not proceed to tooling until all issues have been resolved. Some screen captures below show the latest CAD
Project Update - November 2019 - Fifth CADS received
The fifth CADs have been received. Yes, we forgot to post that the fourth CADs had arrived back in September. We are down to quite a small number of minor issues now, but with Warley this weekend we won't get chance to look these over until next week. Stay tuned for a further update...
The model is currently at the design stage and we do not have an expected delivery date at present.
Further details of each individual model are available on our website: -
Image of Railmotor 63 is Copyright and Courtesy of Mike Morant Collection. Images of Railmotor 61 and 97 are courtesy of Graham Drew
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