Special update from Train Trax UK - new UK Class 800 from KATO

It's been fairly well known for a while, that the next KATO British rolling stock would be another Class 800. It has now been revealed that this will be featuring the Paddington Bear GWR Livery. Here's the full annoucement:

A Brand New Livery For The Class 800
A number of the GWR Class 800s have been named since they entered service, all named after famous people who have strong connections to the places the company serves. The first named was unit 800004 on 30th June 2016 and was named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Sir Daniel Gooch. The second, 800003, was named after Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria, and this was followed by 800010 which was named after Paddington Bear and his creator Michael Bond.
Direct From Paddington Station
The first two namings may be a bit more obvious than the third as they are either British Monarchs or people instrumental in the early years of the GWR. The names applied to 800010 were different, as they were the first in the class to feature a fictional character; Paddington bear. Not only that, but this unit also features iconography of the little marmalade sandwich connoisseur taken from the 'A Bear Called Paddington' book and poses inspired by his later film appearances.
For those not familiar with Paddington's tale, he made his first appearance in print in October 1958, when the Brown family found him alone at Paddington Station. Because no one could pronounce his real name (he came from "darkest-Peru") the Browns named him Paddington. This is very reminiscent of the true story as Michael saw a single, lonely bear in a shop in Paddington Station, purchased it, and became inspired.

Thus the story of Paddington was born, and will always be synonymous with not only Marmalade Sandwiches but Paddington Station and the GWR too. It was only right to name 800010, which runs out of Paddington station, after these iconic names from literature and film, and the train was unveiled in a naming ceremony by Michael's daughter Karen Jankel on 10th January 2018, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the release of the first Paddington Book.
Kato Recreate This Iconic Livery
Kato are pleased to say that this livery will soon be coming to N Scale with the announcement of a new Class 800 model. This officially licenced model will feature all the same quality and running characteristics of the previous releases but will also be adorned with the iconography and images of this new livery too. Just like the previous models, this version will be manufactured to British N Scale 1:148 and will feature:
Beautifully recreated "Paddington Bear" illustrations along all relevant passenger doors. The "Paddington Bear" and "Michael Bond" names on both sides of the front cars. Illuminated head and tail lights lit with white LEDs. When the headlights are turned on, the top, bottom, and beacon lights are illuminated. A Selection of Kato Unitrack for display or adding to existing layouts. The front is equipped with a coupling mechanism, making it possible to recreate the 5 + 5 10-car consist of the prototype using other Kato Class 800 Units Suppied in Kato's 'bookcase' style packaging featuring a unique Paddington design.
This new Class 800 is available to preorder now through the link below, currently expecting to arrive in Spring 2024.
What About DCC Modellers?
Previously, additional DCC Decoders were required to bring the Class 800 to a digitally controlled layout, but not any more. Alongside the big announcement of this new livery, it has also been confirmed that this version and the previous LNER livery will be released DCC Fitted, and even more excitingly DCC Sound Fitted too. This will mean that, for the first time, you will be able to see and hear this locomotive whipping around your layouts and through your landscapes.

At the moment Train Trax has all three versions (DC, DCC Fitted and DCC Sound fitted) available to pre-order. We'll also have starter sets and DCC/DCC Sound versions of the LNER set available soon. These have taken us by surprise!

Best wishes,

Ian Miller

on behalf of Train Trax UK


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