Ideal for micro-layouts! Expected Autumn 2024.
Developed from Ruston Hornsby's line of narrow gauge diesel locomotives the standard gauge 48bhp 48DS (diesel shunter) was sold as an alternative to a small steam locomotive or horse traction suitable for industry users needing to move wagons around their site. The diesel offered several economies, it needed no crew and used no fuel when not in use, while lacking a boiler needed no onerous pressure vessel maintenance. The small diesel quickly became popular for light duty shunting requirements and especially where food (eg milk and beans), flammable goods were being handled (eg petro-chemicals and paper mills) or covered loading sheds were provided. In addition to preserved examples a small number of 48DSs have seen use on construction contracts in recent years.