Decorated samples of the forthcoming Sonic Models 56xx GWR/BR(W) 0-6-2 steam locomotive were on display and in action at the recent N Gauge International Show – the UK’s premier annual event for N gauge enthusiasts.
And mingling with the crowds – as well as talking to modellers on the Revolution Trains display stand – was Mr Sonic himself – Sam Leung.
Having launched the first Chinese model brand aiming to sell direct to the British market, Sam wanted to come to the UK to experience for himself the excitement of a big show and listen to what British enthusiasts want and expect.
Sam was also keen to see how the powered models performed, and Revolution and Sonic would like to say thanks to the owner and operators of the fabulous James Street layout for allowing us to test run the model, under Sam’s watchful gaze!
James Street’s sheer size gave the 56XX a good workout but despite its relatively mall stature the model was able to haul 42 loaded coal wagons on the flat – and managed 30 up a 1:100 incline.
The Sonic Models 56xx is the first 0-6-2 model offered to the British market, and features the usual refinements such as NEM couplers but also innovative features including pick up on all eight wheels, including the pony, and removable bunker weight to simplify the fitting of a speaker.
In total six liveries are being offered – BR lined green, BR lined green weathered, BR unlined green, BR black, GWR green and Great Western green.
Sonic Models expects to deliver the models in March 2020.