Heljan have today announced they are producing the North British Prototype locomotive 10800!
Four versions will be produced:
#1080 BR Early Emblem Black/Silver 10800 (SR/LMR condition)
#1081 BR Early Emblem Black 10800 (SR/LMR condition) WEATHERED
#1082 BR Early Emblem Black/Silver 10800 (final BR condition)
#1083 BR Late Crest Green 10800
All of which can be pre-order now at Rails for just
£199.70 each with FREE UK delivery
Built in Glasgow by NBL in the early-1950s, 10800 was originally ordered by the LMS as part of its pioneering investigations into main line diesel traction. It was envisaged as the equivalent of 3MT tank locomotives for lighter passenger and freight work and fitted with an 827hp Paxman diesel engine. Eventually delivered to BR in 1952 it was tested on the London Midland, Southern and (briefly) Eastern Regions. After withdrawal by BR in 1959 it was sold to Brush and used as a testbed for new traction equipment before eventually being scrapped in 1976.
Following in the footsteps of our previous OO gauge prototype diesels, such as Lion, Kestrel and DP2, 10800 will be produced in limited quantities across four versions depicting the NBL machine in post-1954 SR/LMR and final BR condition with later external modifications.
A high-quality specification includes fine etched metal parts, working marker and cab lights, 21-pin DCC interface, DCC sound provision, sprung buffers and all-wheel drive/pick-up.
Based on original NBL drawings and extensive research of this pioneering locomotive, CAD work is complete and tooling is now well underway.