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Class 47

VulcanThe Minitrix Class 47 was first advertised as a new item in the Trix 1981-82 Catalogue.  The 51-2966-00 number is the designation for ‘The County of Norfolk’, but the picture shows  ‘47090 Vulcan’.  Clearly a change of mind between printing the catalogue and producing the finished model.  The French CC7200 was introduced as model 51-2906-00 in the same year, following on from the French CC6500 as 51-2084-00 in 1980-81.  Both of these share the same chassis and many of the same parts as the Class 47.

In spite of being built on an existing European chassis, the model has much more appropriate dimensions for the UK rail stock and shows a much slimmer profile than either of its UK Minitrix diesel predecessors – the Class 27 and the Warship class 42 models.  In contrast, the Minitrix class 47s stand up well against the likes of the Farish Class 66 for height and width.  It is a sleek and beautiful looking model.

In October 1982, the Queen Mother unveiled a new full-size Class 47 locomotive bearing her name.  With only the number and the name plate to modify from ‘The County of Norfolk’, ‘The Queen Mother’ was added to the fleet of Hornby Minitrix diesels – I suspect in time for Christmas 83, but the only detail I know for certain is that the new Class 47 appears in the 1985 Hornby Minitrix Catalogue, with Hornby Number N219.  The Minitrix Number is 51-2958-00.

In 1987-88, Minitrix produced two further variations of the Class 47 – A British Rail Railfreight Grey 51-2024-00 and A British Rail Intercity model number 51-2025-00.  These came out some time after Hornby found itself unable to market the UK models.



12966 12958

N210 51-2966-00 County of Norfolk

N219 51-2958-00 Queen Mother

12024 12025

51-2024-00 British Rail Railfreight

51-2025-00 British Rail InterCity

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