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PWM Class 97/6 0-6-0DE

Model Rail, Kernow Model Rail Centre and Heljan have joined forces to bring you a ready-to-run ‘OO’ gauge Class 97/6, better known as the ‘PWM'.

Five Ruston & Hornsby 0‑6‑0DEs were ordered by the Western Region for use in replacing 60ft track panels with continuously welded rail. They were designed so that they could be hauled from depots to work sites in permanent way trains where the traction motor would be re-engaged to enable them to shunt wagons. The ‘PWMs’ were never part of the capital stock list and were only ever allocated to Departmental duties. EWS withdrew the final two, 97651 and 97654, in 1998.

Our tooling will only cover PWM651-654 (97651-97654), which were delivered in 1959. The pioneer, PWM650 (97650), built in 1953, had smaller wheels and other differences.

The tooling is being split three ways: Model Rail will offer pristine versions in five liveries, Kernow MRC will offer weathered versions of those same liveries and Heljan will produce versions in industrial‑inspired colour schemes, which are still to be confirmed.

Work started in August 2019 –
Paul and Peter Martin graciously allowed Model Rail’s Richard Foster and Heljan’s Ben Jones to measure and photograph their PWM651 at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway.

The specification includes a Next18 DCC decoder socket and working interior lights (controlled with a 'wand' device to switch them on /off), working mechanical lubricator arm attached to right hand front wheel crank, separately fitted items such as hand rails, vacuum pipes, screw link couplings, roof mounted horns, air tanks and lubricator box under running plate on both sides.

Prices have yet to be confirmed and we’ll let you know when the order book opens.

It's hoped that the 'PWM' will hit the shelves during 2021.


As seen below the first Engineering Prototype samples were received in July 2020 and as of November 2020 livery artwork specifications have been finalised and we are awaiting the first livery samples to be produced.

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Kernow Model Rail Centre Exclusive Models being produced - Order book not yet open

K2400 PWM653 BR Plain Green - Weathered Finish
K2401 PWM654 BR Plain Green - Weathered Finish
K2402 PWM652 BR Green wraparound 'Wasp' stripes - Weathered Finish
K4203 PWM653 BR Light Green - Weathered Finish
K2404 PWM654 BR Blue - Weathered Finish
K2405 97653 BR Yellow - Weathered Finish
K2406 97654 BR Yellow - Weathered Finish

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Project Update - November 2020

Livery artwork specifications have been finalised and we are awaiting the first livery samples to be produced.

Project Update - July 2020 - First engineering samples arrive


The first engineering samples of our PWM have arrived.  These will be extensively tested and evaluated over the next few weeks.  Please see some images below, but please remember these are first engineering samples and as such the combination of tooling options may not match any specific prototype.


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