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18000 A1A-A1A Brown-Boveri Gas Turbine

18000 was originally ordered by the GWR in 1940’s , but construction was delayed due to World War II. This prototype mainline gas turbine locomotive was eventually built for British Railways in 1949 by Brown-Boveri in Switzerland. It spent its working life on the Western Region, operating express passenger services from London Paddington. It was of A1A-A1A wheel arrangement and its gas turbine was rated at...

British Rail Class 104 BRC&W Unit

In 1957, British Railways commisioned to The Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Works to produce a variety of 2 and 3 car diesel multiple units, allocated Class 104 under the TOPS numbering scheme.Originally for the London Midland Region, most of the class were used in North West of England until the Tyne & Wear Metro in 1980, made them surplus to requirements. In the mid-1980s a few units were reallocated...

British Rail Class 114 BR Derby Unit

The British Rail Class 114 diesel multiple units were built by BR Derby from September 1956 to July 1957. Forty-nine 2-car units were built, numbered E50001-49 for driving motors (later renumbered 53001-49) and E56001-49 for driving trailers (later renumbered 54001-49). With their original 150 hp BUT engines, they were found to be underpowered for the local scheduled services, and lost time especially when towing a...

British Rail Class 116 BR Derby Unit

These units were originally ordered for use on suburban and local services in the Birmingham area, but many found their way to other areas such as South Wales. The class were similar in design to the Class 114, but were fitted out as high density sets, built for short distance, high capacity services, and so were built without gangways or toilets, although gangways were later fitted on some units. They were...

British Rail Class 117 Pressed Steel Unit

The British Rail Class 117 diesel multiple units (DMUs) were built by Pressed Steel from 1959 to 1961. When first introduced, these three-car units were all based on British Railway’s Western Region for suburban work out of London Paddington, as well as South Wales (specifically Cardiff) and Cornwall. The units were largely based at Southall, Cardiff Canton TMD and Plymouth Laira depots. The units remained...

British Rail Class 119 Gloucester Cross Country Unit

The British Rail Class 119 DMUs were used throughout the Western Region and on services in the Midlands sourced by Tyseley Depot. Shortly after their introduction, sets were transferred from Cardiff to serve the intermediate stations on outer suburban services from London Paddington to Oxford. These were as 7-car sets, with the addition of Hawksworth composites adapted to run as DMU trailers. Sets worked over most...

British Rail Class 120 Swindon Cross Country Unit

The Class 120, were a cross-country DMU in three-car formation, built at the British Rail Swindon Works. Totalling 194 cars, three batches were built: 1958 – 49 sets for the Western Region 1959 – 7 sets for the Scottish Region 1961 – a further 9 sets for the Western Region The first batch was ordered for the WR’s West Country dieselisation scheme, which it hoped to complete by the end of...

British Rail Class 123 Swindon Inter City DMU

The Class 123 was a design of Diesel Multiple Unit built for British Rail in 1963. They were built by British Rail at Swindon Works, and designed like all Swindon units as inter-city sets. Ten of the four-car sets were built and introduced in 1963. Swindon-built DMUs, including the Class 123 and 124, had a structure and internal construction with much more in common with BR Mk1 coaching stock than they do with many...

British Rail Class 125 BR Derby Unit

The Class 125 was a design of three car Diesel Multiple Unit built for British Rail in 1958. They were high-density units, externally very similar to the Class 116 and were built specifically for the Lea Valley Line. All withdrawn in 1977, none survive to this day. Kit : Finished Kit : Ready to Run : N/A N/A £300.00 with Hornby DCC ready...

British Rail Class 129 Cravens Parcels Unit

The Class 129 was a class of single-car Diesel Multiple Unit built in 1955 for British Rail. Only three were built by Cravens and were introduced in 1958. The class was built for parcels traffic like the Class 128. One unit (55997) survived into departmental service being named ‘Hydra’. The driving ends of a Class 129 car bore a visible similarity to that of the British Rail Class 105. Other Liveries...

British Rail Class 202 (6L) DEMU

The British Rail Class 202 (or 6L) diesel-electric multiple units were built from 1957-58 at Eastleigh and Ashford Works. These units were built to work the London Charing Cross to Hastings services. Several tunnels along the route had restricted clearance, meaning that these units were built with a narrow body profile. The last six-car units were withdrawn in 1986, when the Hastings line was electrified. The line...

British Rail Class 483 Metro Cammell Unit

The British Rail Class 483 electrical multiple units were originally built as 1938 tube stock units for London Underground. They were extensively refurbished between 1989 and 1992 by Eastleigh Works, for use on services on the Isle of Wight’s Island Line. This was despite having already worked for nearly fifty years on the London Underground. The units replaced the even older and life-expired Class 485 and...

GER Class C53, LNER Class J70, BR Class Y6 Steam Tram Loco

The GER Class C53 was a class of twelve 0-6-0T steam tram locomotives designed by James Holden for the Great Eastern Railway. They passed to the London and North Eastern Railway at the grouping, and received the LNER classification J70. These locomotives had 12-by-15-inch (305 mm × 381 mm) outside cylinders driving 3-foot-1-inch (0.940 m) wheels; all enclosed by skirting. They were the first locomotives on the...

Class 07 0-6-0 Ruston & Hornsby Dock Shunter

The British Rail Class 07 diesel locomotive is an off-centre cab dock shunter used in Southampton Docks, to replace SR USA Class steam locomotives. It is a 0-6-0 diesel-electric shunter built by Ruston & Hornsby in 1962. They were originally numbered D2985-D2998 and later given the TOPS numbers 07001(D2985)-07013(D2997), D2998. Other Livery Options   Kit : Finished Kit : Ready to Run...

Class 05 0-6-0 Hunslet Shunter

The British Rail Class 05 is a class of 0-6-0 diesel-mechanical shunters built by Hunslet Engine Company from 1955 to 1961. They were used on the Eastern and Scottish Regions of British Railways. Initially they were numbered 11136-11176 and, later, D2550-D2619. Other Livery Options   Kit : Finished Kit : Ready to Run : £32.50 N/A £125.00 Kit instructions suggests the following...

British Rail Derby Lightweight BEMU

Built as an experimental two-car multiple unit at the same time and in the same style as the prototype Derby Lightweight Diesel multiple units. Powered by large lead-acid batteries and was used on the Royal Deeside line from Aberdeen to Ballater in Scotland from 1958. Despite being equipped with a new type of battery in the early 1960s it suffered a series of small fires in the battery areas and was withdrawn from...

British Rail Derby Lightweight Single Car Unit

The British Rail Derby Lightweight diesel multiple units, were the first such trains to be built en-masse for British Railways. The units were built at BR’s Derby Works from 1954 to 1955. The units were built in various formations, including 12 power-twin 2-car units, 84 power-trailer 2-car units, and four 4-car units. The two single car units were originally built as a two-car unit and then split two years...

British Rail 97250 ETHEL 1

During the early years of the 1980’s, the Scottish Region of BR required a source of electrical power to heat trains on their remote western lines. Already planned were a fleet of converted Class 37 locomotives but a short term solution was required. Withdrawn on 11 Oct 1982 at Tyseley with bogie damage, 25 310 (CW) should have been recorded as just one more casualty, especially as it had run for eight...

British Rail Departmental Laboratory 9 Hydra

RDB 975385 Laboratory 9 Hydra was the sole survivor of the Class 129 single-car Diesel Multiple Unit built in 1955 for British Rail. Only three were built by Cravens and were introduced in 1958. Like the Class 128, it was built for parcels traffic. M55997 survived into departmental service being named ‘Hydra’ and was converted as a test bed for hydrostatic drive in 1980. The driving ends of a Class...

British Rail Departmental Test Coach Iris

Iris was originally built as a two-car Derby Lightweight DMU in 1954 and was later converted into two single cars for use on the Buckingham branch. It was used by the R&DD for radio survey work and also general testing and was originally painted in the Division’s red and blue livery and designated ‘Test Coach Iris ‘. In its later years the unit was re-painted into BR green and carried both...

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