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Class 31's 31404 and 406 on shed. Constructed from RJH kits with Loksound 3.5XL decoders.
Golden Ochre Class 30 D5579. RJH kit with Loksound 3.5 and Howes sound
D5537 A Heljan model with electrification flashes removed, exhaust ports modified to those fitted on class 30 as introduced. Fitted with a lock sound 3.5XL with Howes Mirlees engine sound. Loco lightly weathered
D5537 showing revised exhaust ports for Mirlees engined loco's
D5683 An MMP kit with twin motors, working fan, red lights, smoke unit(Peter Clark) and fitted with V4XL with sound from Howes of Oxford
D5518 was involved in a collision in 1967, at the time it was a red circle magnetic control loco that could only work in multiple with the other 19 Pilot scheme locos. It was rebuilt as a class 31 with electro-pneumatic control and the later 4 character roof mounted headcode boxes. It emerged from works in 1969 and 'bulled up' including a white roof for a Derby Day royal train. The loco from Stratford was loaned to the Southern region as they had no steam heat loco's allocated to them. The livery was BR Green with full yellow ends with the arrow of idecision logo, the D prefix being lost. After its Royal duties it was teamed up with 5520 the first production loco (which had also been prepared as a standby for royal duties) and used on double heading experiments for the Norwich Liverpool street trains. 5520 also recieved the new BR Logo and on both locos they were positioned slightly differently from the position on the later blue painted locos. 2 years later 5518 still sported a clean white roof, it must have been a depot favourite.
The model is from Heljan with alterations to the supplied livery. It is fitted with a lok sound 3.5XL decoder and has seperately controlled cab lights instead of the Heljan supplied versions