Rapido Trains UK finally reveals its number (O)1 open secret with an incredible new announcement.
New OO Gauge SECR 0-6-0 Class O1, available directly from Enwins 3d Models.
Perfect model to complement Rapodos extensive SECR goods wagon range.
Liveries covering their entire history from construction to preservation.
Available to order now!
Starting life before the SECR even existed, and designed by James Stirling, the O Class was conceived as an all-purpose freight locomotive to work across the entire South Eastern Railway.Between 1878 and 1899 122 O Class locos were built. Following the first group of 20 that were built by Sharp, Stewart and Co., several more batches were completed, both by them and by the South Eastern Railways’ own Ashford Works. The final five locos were built in 1899 under the South Eastern and Chatham Railway name, as the SER and LCDR had put aside their differences and sensibly merged into a single entity.
Outperforming its predecessors, the O lived up to its expectations, but with the amalgamation of the two railways, new skills and resources became available. As such, 59 of these locos were rebuilt, given larger boilers, and reclassified as the Class O1.Working alongside similar-sized locomotives, it became apparent that locos such as the new C class could outperform the Class O1 and O locos on freight duties. Though they remained spread across the county for many years, they were relegated to more modest branchline, shunting or light duties. Many of the class survived both global conflicts, the ‘Big 4’ era and soldiered on until the last days of British mainline steam, working branch lines such as the Kent and East Sussex Railway and East Kent Railway. With the sun setting on the O1s future, BR Class
member No. 31065 earned one final claim to fame by leading the ‘Farewell to Steam’ railtour on the Hawkhurst Branch. The last of the class was sadly withdrawn from service in 1962.
Thankfully No. 31065 would live on. Esmond Lewis-Evans spotted it on a visit to Ashford, where it was being used to train apprentices. He saved it from the scrap heap, and it spent several years at the
Ashford Steam Centre. When the museum failed to pay its rent, No.65 was dismantled and secretly dispersed in its component pieces across the Southeast, this determined display of preservation cunningly prevented British Rail from claiming it for repossession. It wasn’t until 1996 that its parts were moved to the Bluebell Railway, where it can still be seen today, and it was rebuilt for the centenary year of the SECR.
With its gorgeous fully lined livery, open cab, exposed tender springs, and highly polished brass dome and fittings, No. 65 remains one of the most elegant freight locomotives to survive into
The Rapido Trains UK SECR O1 model has been designed using a combination of archival materials and drawings, and an on-site survey of No.65 to ensure its accuracy. We would like to thank The Bluebell Railway who accommodated our comprehensive survey, and the Spa Valley Railway who gave us access to record accurate sounds of No.65 during its short visit to them earlier this year.
Our model will be available in a variety of liveries covering the loco’s history. Modellers can look forward to a smooth-running mechanism, a factory-installed speaker, a sleek tender connection and a firebox glow perfect for lighting up all that brass detailing.
Model Fact file: OO Gauge SECR O1
What liveries are we making?
SKU 966001: No.65 Wainwright Green (As Preserved)
SKU 966002: No.373 Wainwright Green
SKU 966003: No.385 SECR Grey
SKU 966004: No.A7 SR Lined Black (Egyptian Lettering)
SKU 966005: No.1437 SR Plain Black (Egyptian Lettering)
SKU 966006: No.1046 SR Bulleid Black
SKU 966007: No.1379 SR Bulleid Sunshine
SKU 966008: No.100 East Kent Railway Black
SKU 966009: No.s1065 British Railways Sunshine
SKU 966010: No.31064 British Railways Early Crest Unlined Black
SKU 966011: No.31065 British Railways Late Crest Unlined Black
Price? £189.95 (RRP £199.95) DCC Ready/£299.95 (£309.95) DCC Sound Fitted