The GT3 was designed and built in 1958 by English Electric at their Vulcan Foundry works in Vulcan Village, Lancashire. Built on a strengthened steam chassis and tender with a Gas Turbine power source. The locomotive had a designed maximum speed of 90 mph (140 km/h), weighed 123.5 long tons (125.5 t), and was painted in a lined Beech Leaf Brown Livery, earning it the nickname "The Chocolate Zephyr" amongst railway enthusiasts. Underframes, grilles and the front access and cab doors were painted Brunswick Green with lettering and lining in Orange.
Many thanks to all those who have signed up to purchase a model of the GT3. Deposits are now open (link is below). There will be 3 payments for the DCC Ready and 4 for the DCC Sound version.
I would like to give a special thank you to Tim Coles, without who's participation this would have never happened.
This is your deposit payment. The next interim payment will be £70.00, with a final payment of £65.00.
This is your deposit payment. The next interim payment will be £80.00, followed by another payment of £80.00 with a final payment of £75.00.
How does the payment plan work?
There will be a request for an initial deposit of £50 to secure your model, then two other installments as the project proceeds (three additional installments if you order the sound version). We are using crowdfunding to fund the project.
Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.
OO & N DCC ready £185
OO & N DCC sound £285
All plus shipping.
Please only make an ‘expression’ if you are certain you intend to invest in the model development, as your ‘expression’ may be the one that puts the model into production. Numbers are tight and anyone who drops out or in fact does not have any intention of ordering will be doing the whole project a disservice. Pre-orders will not open until the ‘expression of interest’ level reaches a break-even figure. Once that limit is reached, we will open the system for pre-orders secured with a £50 deposit.
As we know with all suggested delivery schedules these are subject to change and not written in stone. We will be keeping ALL customers informed every step of the way. Expected May 2020.
We will be using the LokSound V5.0 with the EM2 speaker. We will be recording the turbine from the loco on the stand. It will be altered to sound more lifelike. We are evaluating the Loksound V5 currently.
We have commissioned a manufacturer who has a great track record and who has built a reputation on quality.
Yes, absolutely. We have customers from around the world.
Whilst the original drawings are not available and were probably destroyed at the time the locomotive was scrapped, we have been able to develop what we believe are very accurate renderings. This has been done by researching the records at the National Railway Museum. We also studied some of the available photographs and interviewed some of those who worked on the locomotive. This work was undertaken by Tim Coles in order to build his working model in 5" gauge. This example of the model subsequently taking top awards at Model Engineering Exhibitions.
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