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Hornby "Dutch Livery"AIA-AIA DIESEL ELECTRIC Class 31 no. 31144 model R3275

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Offering A BRAND NEW EX SHOP STOCK UNOPENED 00 gauge example especially developed by "Hornby Model Railways" as part of their Railroad series.

This DUTCH LIVERY no. 31144 AIA-AIA DIESEL ELECTRIC Class 31 is being offered in a traditional GREY & YELLOW livery model reference R3275!

The British Rail Class 31 diesel locomotives, also known as the Brush Type 2 and originally as Class 30, were built by Brush Traction from 1957-62.The Class 31 entered service in November 1957, after the launch of the Class 20 locomotive and was one of the Pilot Scheme locomotives ordered by British Railways to replace steam traction.

They were originally built with Mirrlees JVS12T 1,250 bhp (930 kW) and 1,365 bhp (1,018 kW) engines and Brush electrical equipment, but the engines were not successful and in 1964 a programme of works commenced to re-engine the fleet with the English Electric 12SVT engines as used in the Class 37 de-rated to 1,470 bhp (1,100 kW) which was the maximum the electrical system could accept.

The class was originally intended for service on the Eastern Region, but gradually became common in both the Western and London Midland regions too.