Offering an ex-shop display model 00 gauge especially developed by “Heljan Model Railways” as part of their recent prototype series. This Prototype HS4000 locomotive named “KESTREL” is offered in two tone brown & yellow.
HS4000 Kestrel was a prototype high-powered mainline diesel locomotive built in 1967 by Brush Traction, Loughborough as a technology demonstrator for potential future British Rail and export orders. The locomotive number is a combination of the initials of Hawker Siddeley (the owners of Brush Traction) and the power rating of its Sulzer diesel engine (4000 HP), making it the most powerful locomotive built by the company.
It was of Co-Co wheel arrangement and was fitted with a Sulzer 16LVA24 engine rated at 4,000 horsepower (3,000 kW) providing a maximum speed of 110 mph (180 km/h) and weighed 133 tonnes. It was painted in a livery of yellow orchre with a broad chocolate-brown band around the lower bodyside separated by a thin white line running around the body.
The locomotive was sold to the USSR (Russia) in 1971 for £127,000. The remains of the vehicle are believed to have been scrapped in 1993.