Offered in perfect condition and running order an ex-display 00 gauge Class 31 developed by “Hornby Model Railways” as part of their DCC SUPER DETAIL series. This British Rail AIA-AIA DIESEL ELECTRIC Class 31 is named MINOTAUR with running no.31452. Complete in every respect including original box, packaging, insulation sleeve and service sheet and accessories pack.
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.
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