‘Superliner Superpower’ D6547 & D6554

Two BRCW Type 3s in early condition, with exhaust silencers, in BR green with small yellow warning panels applied on their front ends.

THE FIRST VISIBLE changes to the ‘Cromptons’ came in the summer of 1962 when D6530 was treated to small yellow warning panels to aid visibility to track workers. This first experiment was a non-stand application (with rounded corners) but the yellow paint gradually spread across the fleet the locos were stopped for attention. This combination of mid-build locos displays the most common form of small panel before the whole front end was so treated, correct for the mid/late-1960s period.

Alongside their more mundane duties, the Type 3s were also rostered to work petroleum trains from the large Esso oil refinery at Fawley (Hampshire). They were again paired-up on the 2,000-ton ‘Superliner’ service to the West Midlands, once the heaviest freight train on British Railways. Can you resist recreating this action in ‘OO’ gauge?


Full model specification (Pack 33B)

  • 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 BR green/yellow 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: 33B (Standard) & 33BDS (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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