03 May LNER Dynamometer Car

OO Gauge

LNER Dynamometer Car

Partially-painted sample of the Rails Limited D-Car. Just waiting for the simulated teak finish!

4mm Scale/OO • Forthcoming Release

Rapido Trains Inc. is delighted to be working with Rails of Sheffield to produce an outstandingly detailed OO gauge model of the LNER’s record-breaking dynamometer car No. 23591.

Best known as the vehicle that recorded the 126mph run of LNER ‘A4’ No. 4468 Mallard on July 3rd, 1938, the famous 1906-built North Eastern Railway test car is now part of the National Collection, reunited with Mallard at the National Railway Museum in York.

The “D-Car” was launched at an event at the NRM, York, in April 2017.
The 3D printed sample is pictured inside the real car!

The all-new OO gauge model of No. 23591 will be the first of a series of products released under the ‘Rails Exclusive’ brand of high-quality, collectable ready-to-run models, produced exclusively for one of the UK’s largest model railway retailers, Rails of Sheffield.

Two versions will be offered initially, depicting No. 23591 in July 1938 LNER teak condition, as it was during Mallard’s world speed record run; and post-1946 LNER teak with its later number – No. 905202 – as seen during the famous 1948 Locomotive Interchange trials.

Note the finely rendered engraving in the tiny clerestory windows.
Is this a first for 4mm scale RTR?

Two versions are available:
LNER Dynamometer Car – Version 1
Item # Description Price
Version 1 LNER teak livery, as No. 23591, as it was at 3 July 1938 for the Mallard world speed record breaking run £125 button-reserve
LNER Dynamometer Car – Version 2
Item # Description Price
Version 2 LNER livery as it ran post 1946, as No. 902502, as it was for the 1948 British Railways locomotive exchange trials £125 button-reserve

Rapido Trains is famous for producing models that capture famous or unusual vehicles right down to the tiniest detail, and the LNER dynamometer car will be no exception. Based on detailed research of the prototype, archive photographs and official drawings, the ‘Rails Exclusive’ model will feature exceptional interior and underframe detail, including depictions of the recording equipment and the additional speed recording wheel between the bogies.

Click here to visit Rails of Sheffield’s new ‘Rails Exclusive’ mini-site.

The teak finish is subtle but matches the real car perfectly.

The D-Car interior – note the printed details on the wall next to the brake wheel.
All photos courtesy Railway Modeller magazine.

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