We have today received the following press release…
“Ixion Model Railways announces the production of a finescale injection-moulded O Gauge model of the John Fowler & Co 0-4-0 diesel-mechanical locomotive in 7mm scale (1:43.5, for 32mm standard gauge). This locomotive, Ixion’s fifth product, once again reflects the Ixion Directors’ own diverse interests and market research. The design work for this engine is almost complete.
The model represents the solitary example that was built by Fowler for the Great Western Railway in 1933. It was given the running number “1” and was powered by a six-cylinder 70HP diesel engine with an ancillary petrol-powered starting motor. The locomotive was sold to George Cohen, Sons & Co Ltd of Leeds in 1940 and was later passed on to the Ministry of Supply.
The locomotive was built to a generic design that was in production from the late 1920s until the 1950s. Widely used by industry, the wheelbase was common, but a wide variety of engines and transmissions were used to suit buyer’s specific requirements resulting in many detail differences. The London Midland & Scottish Railway employed a similar locomotive numbered “2” which was in use from 1935 until 1962.
Several examples of the class have survived into preservation in the UK.
The following CAD images show the large components of the model. Much exterior and interior detail remains to be added.
Made in the same Chinese factory which produced our acclaimed Hudswell Clarke and On30 Coffee Pot models, this superior model will feature:
• An injection-moulded, painted, ready-to-run body and chassis
• Finescale wheels
• 5 pole flywheel-equipped motor, driving the forward two axles
• Four-wheel electrical pickup
• 40:1 precision gearbox
• DCC and sound ready
• Semi-sprung chassis
• Cab detail
• Sprung buffers
• Hook draw-gear with three-link couplings
• Choice of two liveries: GWR lined green No 1; unlined, un-numbered green
• Included is an etched brass fret containing cab-side maker’s plates, nameplates, and engine number plates
• Also included is a set of injection-moulded 7mm scale lamps and loco tools (which will also be made available for separate sale).
Final price is to be confirmed due to the possible effects of currency movements, but we expect the recommended retail price to be in the same range as the Hudswell Clarke. ”
The Hobby Shop will be stocking this loco in it’s variant forms and any pre-orders will be welcomed.
Below is a photo of “Churchill” preserved at The Derwent Valley Light Railway – www.dvlr.org.uk