Railway fans from all over the world have been busy putting their orders in for the eagerly awaited ‘Western Enterprise’ locomotive model.
Known as D1000 ‘Western Enterprise’, the 00 Gauge model – designed for running on a layout or display – is being manufactured by model rail manufacturer Dapol Limited in partnership with STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway.
Pictured: Dave Jones from Dapol Ltd, right, with museum guide and former railway worker Kevin Shurmer, centre and Ian Surtees from STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway with the new model.
‘Western Enterprise’ was the first ‘Western’ to run off the production line at Swindon Works in 1961 and the class became the focus of many livery experiments and modifications. Western Enterprise was out-shopped in a striking desert sand livery, but she also sported other colourings including maroon and blue during her 13 year service.
The locomotive carried a unique and eye catching ‘Lion and Wheel’ crest on her cab side and the model comes with an exclusive pin badge of this iconic crest.
STEAM expects the ‘Western Enterprise’ models to arrive by mid-February and Ian Surtees, Commercial Manager at the museum, believes there is a chance each of the 400 Limited Edition models will have been sold before they reach Swindon.
“We have had a terrific amount of interest in the models already,” he said. “To date, the STEAM Shop has 350 pre-orders for the model and enquiries are still coming in from both the STEAM On-Line Shop and from publicity in the railway enthusiast magazines. We also showcased a sample model of Western Enterprise at the Swindon Railway Festival at STEAM last year and took some early orders right there at the show. Most buyers are model rail enthusiasts but some people simply want to buy a little piece of Swindon history.”
The new Dapol model comes in striking ex-Works Desert Sand Livery and boasts detail and accuracy. Each model will be supplied in a presentation box with a numbered certificate of authenticity and costs £159.99.
To find out more or to order one of the Limited Edition D1000 Western Enterprise models, contact the STEAM Shop on 01793 466626 or www.easycatalog.net/home/steamshop
For more information about STEAM, visit www.steam-museum.org.uk
• D1000 Western Enterprise was built at Swindon Works in 1961 and was the first ‘Western’ to run off the production line. Western Enterprise left the works in a striking desert sand livery and was initially kept at Plymouth Laura before moving to Old Oak Common in 1964.
She finished her days back at Plymouth and was withdrawn in February 1974 after 1,240,000 miles service. Today, just the name and number plates of the original D1000 Western Enterprise locomotive survive and these are in safe keeping at STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway.