BR MK2A Ex-FK Coach 'Test Car 6' in BR RTC Red & Blue Livery

Code: 374-950K

N scale RTC 'Test Car 6' coach

Availability: In stock

£34.95
BR MK2A Ex-FK Coach 'Test Car 6' in BR RTC Red & Blue Livery

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BR MK2A Ex-FK Coach 'Test Car 6' in BR RTC Red & Blue Livery BR MK2A Ex-FK Coach 'Test Car 6' in BR RTC Red & Blue Livery BR MK2A Ex-FK Coach 'Test Car 6' in BR RTC Red & Blue Livery

Details

The Railway Technical Centre (RTC) was built in Derby during the 1960s – with a rich railway heritage the choice of location was an obvious one for the British Railways Board’s new technical headquarters. Upon completion British Rail proclaimed that "The Railway Technical Centre at Derby is the largest railway research complex in the world." The RTC provided a central hub for many engineering functions and was also home to the newly formed British Rail Research Division which reported directly to the Board. The RTC undertook all manner of testing and many of the tests required specialist equipment which would be installed into redundant rolling stock – sometimes with major modifications made to the original vehicle in the process. With a growing fleet, a dedicated RTC livery of red and blue was introduced and this was applied to the locomotives and rolling stock that had been assigned to testing duties. Each vehicle was numbered in the ADBxxxxxx series and most were named, although the names gave little away as to the specific type of testing that each vehicle would be used for. Test Car 6 was the only BR Mk2 vehicle in the RTC fleet and was originally built in 1964 as Corridor First (FK) No. S13396. The vehicle spent little time in revenue earning service before being sent to the Office for Research and Experiments (ORE) testing station at Vienna in 1968, after which it joined the RTC fleet and underwent conversion work for test use gaining the number ADB975290. In the late 1990s ownership transferred to Serco and the coach continued to perform on testing duties into the 21st century before finally being scrapped in 2013. Our model is based on the Graham Farish BR Mk2A coach and includes a highly detailed bodyshell & underframe, NEM coupling pockets and a fine rendition of the RTC livery.

Technical Specification

  • Size/Scale:  N Scale
  • Released:  Winter 2018
  • Number Produced:  504 Certificated Pieces
  • Era:  7, 8
  • DCC Pin Value:  n/a
  • DCC Status:  n/a
  • Paint Finish:  Pristine
  • Length:  136mm
  • Features:  NEM coupling pockets with close-coupling mechanism