British Railways class 71 locomotives were built to provide electric locomotives for goods and non-electric (eg parcels) services across the third rail electrified areas of the former Southern Railway. Power was collected from the third rail aith an auxiliary pantograph fitted for use in yards, where the third rail would be a hazard for shunting staff and a flywheel booster set was fitted to provide power while negotiating gaps in the third rail.While the cass 71s were a successful design a pure-electric locomotive is restricted to routes with electric power available. A new design of electric locomotive (later class 73) equiped with a low-power auxiliary diesel engine provided a far more flexible locomotive able to work away from the third rail for extended periods. The class 71s locomotives were withdrawn from service en-bloc at the end of 1977. One example, E5001, was retained for presevation as part of the national collection.
Note - Scale model, suitable for radius 2 curves and larger.
Era 5 1957-1966.
DCC Ready. 6 pin decoder required for DCC operation.
Bachmanns' detailed model of the BR class 08 heavy diesel shunting locomotive is presented in the black livery originally applied to shunting engines. the 13xxx series numbers were applied during the 1950s before mainline diesel locomotives arrived. The D3xxx series was setup later as the shunters was assimilated into the new diesel locomotive numbering scheme.
Era 4 1948-1956. DCC Ready. A mini size 8 pin decoder is required for DCC operation due to restricted space inside the engine bonnet.
Diesel locomotives first appeared on shunting duties in the 1930s and the 300/350bhp English Electric engine in a solidly constructed outside framed 0-6-0 design locomotive quickly proved to be the most versatile for a general purpose shunting engine.
British Railways combined the experience of the four railway companies, producing this sturdy heavy shunting engine, later known as class 08, many of these locomotives are still serving Britains railways today.
DCC Ready. 8-pin decoder required for DCC operation. Note that a small type decoder is required due to the limited height inside the body.
A highly detailed model of the North British design type 2 diesel electric locomotives in original condition (MAN engine), British Railways class 21.Model finished as D6111 in British Railways green livery with small yellow warning panels.