🚆 Heljan OO Gauge Ruston 165 Shunters Now Half Price

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Heljan Rustons

Hard working industrial shunters for your OO gauge layout, now at half price! That's right, we have reduced a duo of Heljan's Ruston 165DE Shunters to bargain prices, only while stocks last.

The two liveries include an industrial generic yellow example as well as an NCB dark green model - which are perfect for use in a wide variety of industrial and shunting applications on your layout.

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Product Features

Highly detailed model with separately fitted parts including handrails, headlamp, horns, air tank, sanding gear and more

Digital & Sound capability - NEXT-18 decoder socket

Authentic detail variations between locos

Working independent directional and cab lighting

Highly detailed cab interior

NEM tension lock couplings

Prototype Information

Ruston 165
Image by Phil Richards

The Ruston & Hornsby 165 locomotive, also known as the "PWM (Permanent Way Machine)" or BR Class 97/6, was a class of purpose-built shunters designed for use on departmental duties. They were outwardly similar to their Class 04 contemporaries but were mechanically very different. The class were originally outshopped in BR green, which was superseded by BR blue and then by Civil Engineers' yellow. They were employed at various locations including Reading West, Gloucester, Cardiff Canton, Radyr and Plymouth Laira. A special feature of this class is that the electric traction motor can be disengaged from the wheels. This allows the locomotive to be hauled by another locomotive at speeds above 20 mph. 

The class were largely made redundant upon the privatisation of British Rail, however some soldiered on into EWS ownership and one example worked with an Edinburgh based infrastructure company until 2005. Ruston did produce similar 165 locomotives for industrial purposes, of a slightly different design to the data listed below.

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

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