Bachmann 31-367

Class 03 Ex-D2199 NCB Black

Manufacturer catalogue image

Prototype Eras
Era 7 (1972 to 1982) British Rail Blue (TOPS)
Era 8 (1983 to 1994) British Rail Sectorisation

Manufacturer description

Class 03 D2199 NCB Black

Built: 1957 - 1962

Constructed by: BR Doncaster & Swindon Works

Duties: shunting & station pilot

Highlights

• New chassis with ‘Next18’ DCC decoder interface

• Optional buffer-beam in-fill plate to cover the NEM coupling pocket when not in use

• Flowerpot chimney

• Sprung buffers

• Driver figure fitted

History

The Class 03 diesel shunters were introduced in 1957 and were one of BR's most successful smaller 0-6-0 diesel-mechanical shunters. The 230 shunters were built by British Railways' Swindon and Doncaster works between 1957-1962. Initially, allocation was spread around all regions except Scottish. Like other shunters of this size, the Class 03 was built for light duties where a larger locomotive was not needed, especially for shunting at locomotive and carriage depots and as station pilots.

The Class 03 locomotives survived to work over some lines with limited weight restrictions. The locomotives weighed 30 tonnes, as opposed to the 48 tons of Class 08. They were progressively withdrawn from 1968 onwards, with two examples on the Isle of Wight lasting until 1993. In 1998, one of the Isle of Wight locos, No. 03 179, was re-instated into service by the West Anglia Great Northern Railway Company (WAGN) for service at their Hornsey depot. This remains the last operational Class 03 locomotive on the network. Over 50 locomotives have been preserved. Many 03s went on to see further service in industry, including with the National Coal Board, upon which our model is based.

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Bachmann
Range:
Branchline
Product Code:
31-367
GTIN:
803393046644
RRP:
£129.95
Release date:
2016

Model details

DCC status
DCC Ready Next18 socket
Finish
Pristine
Livery
Black
Minimum radius curve
1st Radius (371mm)
Running number
D2199

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
British Rail Class 03
Operator
National Coal Board
Motive power
Diesel
Wheel arrangement
0-6-0
Max speed
28.5 mph
Built
1957-1961
Total produced
230

* Class names often change over the lifespan of a locomotive, so this is not necessarily the class name used by the operator in the period modelled.

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