Graham Farish 371-137SD Class 31/4 Refurbished 31466 EWS Diesel Locomotive (Regional Exclusive)

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Product Description

The maroon and gold colour scheme so synonymous with EWS is expertly applied to this Graham Farish Class 31, using authentic colours, logos and typefaces for a truly faithful reproduction in miniature. Depicting a Class 31/4, the Electric Train Heating equipment is present, whilst this model sports all the hallmarks of a refurbished machine with its bufferbeam cowling and bodyside band removed, headcode boxes plated over and radio pods present above each cab. Fitted with high intensity headlights at each end, which of course are functional, the model also features working tail and marker lights and is supplied with a pre-fitted speaker, making it easy to add sound to your model by fitting a sound decoder via the Next18 DCC decoder socket. Alternatively, why not opt for a SOUND FITTED model with pre-fitted sound decoder and bring your layout to life with sound straight out of the box

 

MODEL FEATURES:

  • Graham Farish N Scale
  • Era 9
  • Pristine EWS livery
  • Running No. 31466
  • Accessory Pack
  • NEM Coupling Pockets
  • Coreless Motor
  • Directional Lighting – independently switchable at each end via switches mounted on the circuit-board, or via DCC
  • Speaker Fitted
  • Equipped with a Next18 DCC decoder socket
  • Length 116mm
  • Sales Area Exclusive Model – available from retailers in selected areas (see map for more details)

 

CLASS 31 HISTORY

The BR Class 31 Diesel Locomotives, originally known as the Brush Type 2s, were built by Brush Traction from 1957-1962, with a total of 263 locomotives constructed. The first Class 31 entered service in November 1957 and the design was one of the Pilot Scheme locomotives ordered by British Railways to replace steam traction. The Class was originally allocated to the Eastern Region, but gradually became common on both the Western and London Midland regions too.

The Class 31/1s were the standard locomotives, distinguished from the first batch of locos – the 31/0s – which had Red Circle multiple-working control equipment, a non-standard feature that led to them being withdrawn relatively early in the late-1970s. The 31/1s were fitted with Blue Star multiple-working equipment, as found on many other BR classes, and all had steam heating boilers from new, making them ideal for hauling passenger services. The Class 31/1s could be found on a variety of secondary and relief passenger duties as well as parcels and freight traffic. Commonly used in East Anglia, with allocations at Stratford and March depots, they were also found throughout the Eastern Region of BR with Finsbury Park sporting a large allocation, along with the depots at Tinsley, Immingham and Thornaby. Examples were also allocated to Bristol Bath Road and Old Oak Common on the Western Region, where they could be found working passenger trains as far west as Barnstaple and Paignton. In the early 1980s, Healey Mills and Bescot on the Midland Region also gained an allocation as replacements for Class 25s.

During the 1970s some Class 31s were fitted with Electric Train Heating (ETH) and these were reclassified as 31/4s to denote this feature. The 1980s would see BR undertake a programme of refurbishment for much of the fleet, this included the fitting of ETH to more locomotives but refurbishment was not reserved exclusively for the 31/4s, Class 31/1s were also refurbished without receiving ETH equipment. During refurbishment bufferbeam cowlings were removed along with the bodyside band, headcode boxes were plated over and fitted with two marker lights, and any remaining disc headcodes were removed. Where steam heat boilers remained, these were removed and a concrete block added instead to maintain the weight balance.

As passenger work dried up, many of the 31/4s were displaced and found themselves allocated to the de