Tim Cole and the GT3

Tim-Cole-and-GT3Looking at the headline of this post you might think the 2015 Show is featuring a 1960s pop group. But don’t be fooled, Tim Cole’s mighty English Electric GT3 is a 5″ scale model of the only gas turbine locomotive that British Rail ever had built. Impressively, the model is also gas turbine powered and consequently it sounds unlike any model loco you’ve ever heard as its powerful engine spins up to its working speed of an amazing 45,000rpm. Tim is a member of the Gas Turbines Builders Association.

Visitors to last year’s Show were fascinated by this unique model so we were delighted when Tim agreed to bring it this year too. The photograph shows Tim in readiness for the start of a run on the portable track. If you didn’t see his remarkable loco last year don’t miss the opportunity this time. The video below shows the original engine in 1961.

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