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Electra Railway Graphics goes into the clear!

158747 with clearw indows on display Electra Railway Graphics has long been producing a range of transfer overlays to permit multiple units to be converted from existing RTR stock, principally for 2mm scale. However, the chief criticism of these products is the lack of clear windows which may, or may not, be a significant problem to modellers working in 2mm scale. The good news is that ERG have now solved this and are now producing their "Electra Plus" range with clear windows. These feature a two stage system consisting of a white backing layer and a coloured top layer. The latter uses the same decal paper as the existing range which goes perfectly clear when varnished with acrylic. Modellers need to strip the Farish shell using Brasso or Superstrip before applying the first set of decals.
class 501 graphics

(top) Alphalink 158747 with clear windows from the new Electra Plus range compared to the Arriva unit below from the existing range.
(above) Graphics for the forthcoming class 501 unit.
photographs and graphics by Adam Warr.

So  far, the range consists of:

  • Class 158 2-Car DMU - Provincial Express, West Yorkshire (original and new), Arriva Wales (silver or turquoise), Wessex Trains Richard Trevithick, Wales and West Experimental Blue / Orange / Silver, SouthWest Trains.
  • Class 411 4-Car EMU (Refurbished) - Blue/Grey, Jaffa Cake, NSE, SouthWest Trains, Connex, SouthEastern Trains (ex-SWT).
  • Mark 1 FO - Crimson / Cream, Chocolate / Cream, Maroon, Blue/Grey, INTERCITY charter fleet.
  • MkII stock and more Southern EMUs and DEMUs will soon follow, mirroring the existing ERG range.
  • FM Rail Blue Pullman rake.

Currently on the drawing board are improved 4 Cig and 4 Vep units, the North London Class 501 and EPB/HAP stock.

The ERG 4 Sub project is progressing and will feature cast resin roofs/ends to the correct profile and Electra Plus decals.