Oxford Rail Mk.3s move forward

The company has now received factory samples of the InterCity livery with the other schemes on their way.

EARLY June saw Oxford Rail receive the first fully factory-decorated samples of its new ‘OO’ gauge Mk.3a coaches, these all being finished in InterCity colours. The batch consisted of several Tourist Standard Open (TSO), First Open (FO) and Restaurant First Modular (RFM), enabling the company to kindly loan one of the FOs to Rail Express Modeller, as illustrated here.

As usual, these samples are produced to check the accuracy of the livery artwork, both in terms of colours and printing as well as the actual application methods. The models were subsequently closely examined and a list of corrections passed to the factory in China. These should hopefully include minor adjustments to the proportions of the InterCity stripes, there being a small discrepancy when compared against the real thing.

The coaches are now fitted with the tinted glazing, although Oxford has yet to confirm what decision has been taken over the provision of internal lighting. This month was due to bring livery samples of the BR blue/grey releases along with the solitary Stobart Pullman FO. The Virgin Trains batch is further behind in the process due to the train operator currently revising its process for granting licensing agreements. An autumn release is currently expected for most of the liveries. www.oxfordrail.com

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