RDB998900 or RDB998901 - Drewry Car - £15 per vehicle
OLIVE is one of two vehicles built by the Drewry Car Company in 1950 for BR overhead line inspection and maintenance on the Great Eastern electrification scheme and the Manchester - Sheffield - Wath (Woodhead) route. They were then transferred to the RTC at Derby for use on the overhead equipment on the Old Dalby test track. 998901 is now preserved by the EM2 Locomotive Society and is currently based at the Middleton Railway in Leeds.
The model comes as an unpainted 3D printed resin kit in 8 parts and is designed to fit on the Kato 11-103 or 11-109 motorised chassis.
Individual components supplied in the kit are as follows
- Roof Platform
- Inspection platform
- Etched Ladders
- 4 Buffers.
In February 2016 the railbus OLIVE was extensively damaged in an arson attack at the Middleton Railway by 3 youths who set fire to her in broad daylight, totally gutting the vehicle. Luckily the alarm was raised in time for the Fire Brigade to put out the fire before it caused irreparable damage - although the interior was completely gutted and significant damage caused to the upper bodywork.
Olive’s owners, the EM2 Locomotive Society (UK Charity 294207), are now working with the Vintage Carriages Trust and have agreed a plan to restore her to working order. For that to happen they need your help.
While insured the overall cost of repairs will exceed the insured value by around £9,000 and they need to raise at least this amount to enable repairs to go ahead. If you are able to help please visit their website at https://www.em2ls.org.uk/operation-phoenix/ or click here to make a donation online using the Charities Aid Foundation hub.