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 departmental sector. In 1990, to reduce maintenance costs and prevent their ETH-fitted locos being borrowed for passenger work when extra traction was needed, the departmental sector isolated the ETH and removed the jumper cables from some of its 31/4s, resulting in these locos being reclassified as 31/5s.
There were also two locomotives classified as 31/6, these had through ETH wiring fitted allowing them to work double-headed with an ETH-fitted loco. Other operators however kept Class 31s active on the mainline and in 2022 it is still possible to see a 31 on the mainline. The Class has also been popular with the preservation movement, with more than 25 examples now preserved. Suitable for use on DCC or analogue control straight out of the box, this. Model will take your enjoyment to the next level with its authentic sound effects which only enhance the model's good looks!
Directional Lighting - independently switchable at each end via switches mounted on the circuit-board, or via DCC. Fitted with a Zimo MX659N18 Sound Decoder - See below for the function list. Sales Area Exclusive Model - available from retailers in selected areas (see map for more details).
F1 - Engine Start (Sound On/Off). F3 - Single Horn (Speed and Direction Related). F4 - Two-Tone Horn (Speed and Direction Related). F8 - Cold Start (F8 On before F1). F9 - Flange Squeal (Speed Related).
F15 - Cooler Group Fan. F17 - Auto Wagon Buffering (F17 On & F5 Off only).F18 - On - Driver's Door Opening / Off - Driver's Door Closing. F19 - Fade All Sounds. F20 - Directional Lights Off - No. F21 - Directional Lights Off - No.
F22 -'Right o' way. Analogue Users: Directional lights and basic Prime Mover (engine) sounds, which vary with speed, plus any other automated sounds, can be enjoyed when using this model on analogue control (DC) straight from the box! Commonly uséd 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. We make every effort to describe items accurately, however, nobody is perfect and on the odd occasion we may miss something. If you see anything which is incorrect in this listing, or wish to double check something, please feel free to ask a question.We include pictures of detailing packs, instructions and boxes etc if they are present and included in the price, if they are not in the photo's, you can safely assume they are not there. If in doubt, please ask and we will confirm. The photographs are also part of the listing, please review them carefully. You can do this by selecting the Request Total button during Checkout (this works only when using the E-Bay Website, it does not appear on the mobile app).
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