Class 03 056 BR Blue

Bachmann 31-362B
Scale(s): 1:76 Scale, OO Scale
GM Part Number: B31-362B
Expected: 08/2024
Class 03 056 BR Blue
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(RRP: £149.95)
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Description

Class 03 056 BR Blue

The Class 03 diesel shunters were introduced between 1957 and 1962 and with 230 built, the type was one of BR's most successful small 0-6-0 diesel-mechanical shunters and was adopted as BR’s standard small shunter. A development of the Class 04 ‘Drewry’ shunter, construction was shared between British Railways' Swindon Works and Doncaster Works and initial allocations for the class covered all regions except Scotland. Shunting was the main employment, with their short wheelbase and light weight making them particularly useful in areas where weight restrictions or tight trackwork existed. Examples were also assigned to station pilot duties and due to the short wheelbase, it was common for them to be coupled to a ‘shunter’s truck’ or ‘runner wagon’ to ensure sufficient length for reliable operation of track circuits.

Weighing in at 30 Tons, some 18 Tons less than the Class 08 diesel shunter, the Class 03’s were fitted with Gardner engines and their distinctive jackshaft drive arrangement gave the locomotives a top speed of 28½ mph. Despite their usefulness, a downturn in shunting requirements meant that withdrawals began in 1968, although the last remained in service on mainland Britain until 1987. Two examples operated on the Isle of Wight, with lowered cab roofs to account for the restricted loading gauge, and these remained in traffic on the island until 1993. One of these Isle of Wight locos, No. 03179, was resurrected by West Anglia Great Northern in 1998 to shunt their Hornsey Depot. Subsequently operated by First Capital Connect, the loco was finally withdrawn in 2008 after which the locomotive was preserved bringing the total number of surviving examples to 56.

Model

1:76 Scale model of a Class 03 Diesel Locomotive decorated in BR livery. This model features lots of expertly applied details as based on the prototype, a high level of body detail and excellent running characteristics.

Features

  • 1:76 Scale Model
  • Analogue DC Model
  • NEM Couplings
  • Highly Detailed Finish
  • Single Air Horn
  • Sprung Buffers
  • Detailed Cab Interior with pre-fitted Driver in one cab
  • Locomotive Ready to Accept a Speaker
  • Accessory Pack
  • Equipped with a Next18 DCC Decoder Socket

Contents

  • 1 x Bachmann Diesel Locomotive


Specifications

OperatorBR
ClassClass 03
Motor TypeCoreless

Measurements

Length105mm
Minimum Radius438mm



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