Offering an ex-shop display model 00 gauge especially developed by “Heljan Model Railways” as part of their recent prototype series. This Prototype Diesel D0260 locomotive named “LION” is offered in striped white livery and is DCC READY.
D0260, named Lion, was a prototype Type 4 mainline diesel locomotive built in 1962 by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in association with Sulzer and Associated Electrical Industries, at their Smethwick works in Birmingham to demonstrate their wares to British Rail. The locomotive’s number was derived from its works number, DEL260.
It was of Co-Co wheel arrangement and was fitted with a Sulzer 12LDA28C engine of 2,750 horsepower (2,050 kW). It had a maximum speed of 100 mph (160 km/h) and weighed 114 long tons (116 t; 128 short tons). It was painted white with five gold stripes along the bottom half of its bodyside.
BR tested it initially on Western Region services out of London Paddington based at Wolverhampton Stafford Road Shed. Later it moved to Finsbury Park on the Eastern Region for services London King’s Cross. However, BR decided to purchase its new Type 4 fleet from Brush Traction (the Class 47) and so D0260 was withdrawn.