NIR 101 (DL) CLASS BO-BO HUNSLET / BREL DONCASTER

THE PROTOTYPE

The 101 Class of NIR consisted of just three mainline dieselel-electric locomotives built for use with the Enterprise passenger services between Belfast and Dublin with the intention of reducing the time for the journey to two hours. The design of the superstructure and bogies was carried out by the Hunslet Engine Company of Leeds with English Electric / AEI being responsible for the electrical traction.

The contract stipulated a ten month delivery period but with Hunslet’s workshops already committed, the superstructure and assembly was contracted out to BREL Doncaster, with Hunslet providing the bogies. They were of Bo-Bo wheel arrangement and fitted with CSVT Mk. II 1,350 horsepower (1,010 kW) engines. The locomotives were fitted with buckeye couplers as standard and had air brake capability for operation with the ex BR Mk.2 coaches.

All three re-use names previously used by the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) Class V locomotives, as follows:

No
101
102
103
Name
Eagle
Falcon
Merlin
Builders Details
Works No. 7197
Works No. 7198
Works No. 7199
Date Completed
08 May 1970
22 May 1970
08 Jun 1970

 

 

READY TO RUN

£150

Fitted with Hornby Class 20 DCC ready chassis

LIVERY OPTIONS

NIR Maroon

NIR Mid Blue

NIR Mid Blue with Red Chevron

NIR Dark Blue with small yellow panel

KIT

£43.50

Kit comprises single piece resin bodyshell and ancillary parts

To complete requires :

  • Paints
  • Transfers
  • Suitable chassis (Hornby / Bachmann Class 20 recommended)