Class 50 Update November 2023 - First Decorated Samples Arrive
It's been all go here at Accurascale Towers, with the final batch of Class 37s, 21 ton mineral wagons and Manors arriving into stock, the first batch of Class 31s in production along with other goodies too and of course, Warley this weekend!
But what about our Warley announcement from last year, the Class 50? Well, it's long overdue an update, and we are delighted to announce that the first of our decorated samples have arrived ahead of the show this weekend, and how fine they look too!
Our first two decorated samples to land especially for the Warley show are 50014 "Warspite" in BR Large Logo livery with black roof, and 50008 "Thunderer" in her current and rather attractive Hanson and Hall grey scheme.
As ever, fit and finish of these early samples requires some improvement, but our Accurahoover is shaping up very well indeed and it is always wonderful to reach the decorated milestone to see how paint sits on a locomotive. It also helps to show the depth to detail and mouldings. That removable roof panel needs to sit lower though, and will be addressed on the final models that will land on your layouts! The copper coloured pick ups behind the bogie frames will also be darkened on the final models, and the body will sit right on the chassis!
Our Class 50 will follow in the footsteps of our Class 31 and feature a fully operational roof fan powered by a separate motor. It also looks the part, which always helps!
We will have these pair of beauties on our stand at Warley for a closer look this coming weekend, and the other decorated samples for run one are will be with us in the next couple of weeks for assessment and we will bring you plenty of snaps of them too.
Of course, we are 12 months on from our initial Class 50 announcement and had hoped to be further advanced with deliveries landing about now, but the ongoing semi-conductor shortage coupled with factory backlogs in completing production of other locomotives has slowed our pace somewhat. This has impacted the Class 50s but we are now at a stage where production can commence and will do shortly, once these samples are signed off, with a slot at the factory booked. This means that the revised delivery date for the Class 50 is now Q3 2024. We apologise for this delay but it has been beyond our control.
With the Class 50 production slot now booked and quantities finalised there is only limited stock available left for sale as we cannot now increase the size of the production run. So, if you fancy one, make sure you place your pre-order with your local stockist, or direct via our website very soon before they sell out. Don't forget about our couple of very tasty Accurascale Exclusives too, along with a limited edition for Rails of Sheffield.