‘Project Genesis’ surprise from Hatton’s

Hatton’s of Widnes are planning a new and exclusive range of OO-scale four and six-wheel pre-grouping carriages in six distinct styles and eight distinct liveries, encapsulating Great Western chocolate and cream, Great Northern teak and London & North Western ‘plum and spilt milk’.

There will also be South Eastern & Chatham crimson lake lined, LMS Midland-style crimson, LNER ‘pre-war brown’ (applied to old pre-grouping coaches that had previously been varnished teak), Southern Railway Maunsell olive green and even two variations of six-wheel coaches used as staff mess vans or tool vans under British Railways.

Planned release date of the first example is the first quarter of 2021 and although not all of the liveries will be released at once, all coaches within a livery will be on the same release to enable customers to make up full trains.

Looking even further ahead, Hatton’s are already planning a second batch in Great Central brown and grey, Great Eastern chocolate, Lancashire & Yorkshire brown and tan, Midland crimson, London & South Western brown and tan, BR crimson and National Coal Board Blue – and as if that isn’t all, they are also looking at a third batch in the colours of the North Eastern, Caledonian, Metropolitan and Somerset & Dorset Joint Railways, along with that of the Longmoor Military Railway and further BR departmental examples.

The coach types will be BT (Brake Third), T (Third Class), S (Second Class), F (First Class), C12 (Composite First and Second Class), C13 (Composite First and Third Class), C123 (Tri-Composite First, Second and Third Class) and CL (Composite Lavatory).

A vast range of specifications will include lit and unlit options (lit versions with an 18-pin digital decoder socket), six different body toolings, two fully-detailed underframes, optional lower floorboards, full brake rigging, fine detailing on the panelling, painted interiors, a semi-permanent coupling bar option representing a coupling chain, three wheel types (Maunsell, three-hole and disc) and three types of ‘roof furniture’ (oil lamps, gas lamps and electric lights).

The centre wheelset on six-wheel coaches will be removable, and for tight curves the coaches will have a sliding centre wheelset. Fully-lined liveries will reproduce faithfully the original company specifications, and there will be unique running numbers between single coaches and packs, the latter creating instant trains. 

The vehicles will feature RP25 wheel profiles and NEM pockets, and will be designed to run through minimum 438mm Radius 2 curves. 

Each coach will clip open in order to fit passengers, or a digital decoder for lighting, and the best way to do this is still being discussed.

For lit coaches on standard analogue control, the lights will come on when there is power on the track and go out when this is removed, but for digital users the coaches can be used either with analogue (except that the lights will be on all the time as there will be constant voltage on the track) or, if control is wanted, with an 18-pin decoder to turn the lights on and off (Function 0).

Estimated prices will be as follows: Single coach unlit £30, lit £36; three-coach unlit pack £99; four-coach unlit pack £110; three-coach lit pack £99; four-coach lit pack £135. For more information, visit www.hattons.co.uk/genesis

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