‘Early Escapees’ D6501 & D6578

This pack comprises a pair of BRCW Type 3s in ‘as built’ condition, with roof-mounted exhaust silencers, in BR green livery.

IT IS ALL TO EASY to think of these locomotives as veteran machines but, back at the start of the 1960s, they were ‘cutting edge’ technology designed to eliminate steam traction on the Southern Region. This release represents the Type 3s in the condition they were delivered to Hither Green from the workshops at Smethwick and in which they worked alongside steam for nearly seven year. There are many recorded occasions of double-heading and assisting steam locomotives.

The SR made good use of their new steeds and not just on domestic passenger workings. Duo such as this were employed on famous Cliffe (Kent) to Uddingston (Glasgow) cement train, which took the ‘Sulzers’ up the East Coast Main Line as far as York from the end of 1961.


Full model specification (Pack 33A)

  • Remastered bodyshell depicting original roof layout
  • Separately fitted roof detail (original exhaust silencer)
  • Authentic roof cross-section taken from measurements
  • Accurately positioned cab front and side windows
  • Improved detail inc. vents and marker light lens twists
  • Etched metal bodyside radiator grilles (see-through)
  • Radiator aperture with framing (visible through grille)
  • Photo-etched metal roof fan grille
  • Painted metal lamp irons
  • Redesigned bufferbeams with etched chequer-plate steps
  • Metal-headed sprung ‘Oleo’-style round buffers
  • Underframe improvements inc. bogie front crossbeam
  • Plastic detail parts inc. snowplough and exhauster pipe
  • Complimentary etched brass underframe detail fret
  • Diecast chassis with flywheel-fitted five-pole motor
  • Smooth four-axle drive and eight-wheel pick-up
  • Directional headcode and head/marker/tail lighting
  • Early design fuel tank and battery box cover
  • Accurate representation of original BR green livery
  • Sharp lettering and painting inc. new roof effect
  • Supplied with free etched stainless steel worksplates
  • Wide range of headcode inserts and descriptions
  • DCC sound (ESU) and DCC-fitted options (Lenz)
  • ‘Made-to-order’ special edition low-volume production
  • Special packaging with full-colour signed certificate

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  • Prices:
    Standard: £199 + £4.95 P&P (Recorded Delivery)
    DCC sound: £399 + £4.95 P&P (Recorded Delivery)

Info and Status

  • Manufacturer: Heljan A/S, under contract to RAIL EXCLUSIVE
  • Catalogue Nos: 33A (Standard) & 33ADS (Sound).
  • Status: In development. Available to pre-order.
  • Delivery: Expected late 2012.


  • ‘Made-to-order’ production run
  • Fully remastered bodyshell
  • Accurate roof cross-section
  • Photo-etched roof/side grilles
  • Stainless steel worksplates
  • Optional plastic detail parts
  • Optional sound-fitted version
  • Working directional lighting
  • DCC socket (8-pin)

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