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SAR F Class 4-6-2 Tank Loco

HO Scale - Ready-to-Run
AVAILABLE IN STORE NOW!

Model features include:

  • Injection Moulded
  • High quality coreless motor
  • 10 wheel pickup
  • Genuine Kadee Couplers
  • Fully detailed underframe
  • Separately applied detail parts
  • Operating LED lamps
  • Coal or Oil versions
  • 2 different smokestacks
  • DCC ready with Next18 socket
  • Sound Ready
F Coal
F Oil

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Production Update

13/08/18
The F Class shipment has arrived! Standard DC versions are all available in store now. DCC & Sound orders will be filled as soon as possible. Online ordering coming soon...

02/07/18
The full production run of all F Class locos will be arriving in early August. All pre-orders will be advised and/or posted as soon as possible, we thank you for your patience.
We have created a unique F Class sound file using period recordings of the loco in service. Sound versions, with ESU LokSound V4 decoders, will be available for an additional $150 (i.e. $700 fully fitted) or non-sound DCC for $45 ($595 fitted). If you have already placed an order and wish to upgrade to sound or DCC please let us know.

10/05/18
We regret to announce that there has been a slight delay in production of the F class locomotive, and as a result they will not be available in time for the Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition in June as anticipated. We will post the new release date once it has been confirmed with the factory.
When testing the final pre-production sample model we found that some adjustments to the internal design were required to accomodate comfortable fitting of the DCC decoder and speaker. Rather than go ahead with production so we could have them here for the show, we have decided to make these changes so we can release a model we are 100% happy with.
In the meantime we have recieved painted samples of all eight models and could not be happier with all the body detail and paint work. We have some on display in store and photos below.
We apologise for any inconvenience and will keep you updated as further developments come to hand.


F255

Photo courtesy J Schulz

OR600
OR600
F Class, Coal, F255 - Restored museum version

Flanged smokestack, white wheel rims, red lining

$550.00
Available 2018

F170

Photo courtesy D Egan Collection

OR601
F Class, Coal, F170

Flanged smokestack, white wheel rims, red lining

$550.00
Available 2018

F240

Photo courtesy NRM Collection

OR602
F Class, Coal, F240

Flanged smokestack

$550.00
Available 2018

F171

Photo courtesy NRM Collection

OR603
F Class, Coal, F171

Stovepipe, white wheel rims

$550.00
Available 2018

F236

Photo courtesy NRM Collection

OR604
F Class, Coal, F236

Stovepipe

$550.00
Available 2018

F176

Photo courtesy D Colquhoun

OR605
OR605
F Class, Oil, F176

Flanged smokestack

$550.00
Available 2018

F188

Photo courtesy NRM Collection

OR606
F Class, Oil, F188

Flanged smokestack

$550.00
Available 2018

F245

Photo courtesy NRM Collection

OR607
F Class, Oil, F245

Stovepipe, logo

$550.00
Available 2018

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F Class Prototype History

The F class tank loco is a very important locomotive of the classic S.A.R. period. At the beginning of the 20th century it became obvious that the existing small locomotives were no longer sufficient to pull the heavier trains on an increasing suburban network. But rather than sourcing existing designs from overseas, our famous Islington Workshops built an initial prototype in 1902. Two more were built by James Martin in 1904, before production started in earnest from 1908. By 1922 a total of 43 engines had been built which provided the backbone of suburban transport up until successively being replaced by the Redhen railcars. In the later years they still provided services on metropolitan goods trains and shunting duties with two units still in service in 1967.

Over the years the F class has undergone the usual modifications. Most notable the adding of hungry boards to increase coal capacity, shifting the pump and different stacks. In the later years some were converted to oil firing, which added a rather ugly contraption to the back of the locomotive. Three have been preserved to this day.

F237

Photo courtesy NRM Collection


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