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Heljan 5311. D0280 Falcon 1965-1970 Livery

Heljan 5311. Class 53
D0280 “Falcon”
In BR Two Tone Green Livery
1965 to 1970.

Exclusive to Olivia’s Trains.

In Stock Ready to Order

Locomotive Prices:
£155 – Analogue.
£183 – Std Decoder Fitted (+£8 ESU Lokpilot).
£291 – ESU V5 Olivia’s Sound Fitted.

Additional Work Available- DCC Fitted Only:
£10 – Tail Lamp Modification.
£ 7 – Cab Light (Per Cab) 

Olivia’s Trains ESU V5 Sound Function List For Class 53 Locomotives.
June 2019 using Western Class 52 Engine recordings with Class 47 Horns

Function Commands:
F0:- Head/ Tail Lights. (Look at our Tail Light Mod)**
F1:- Start Up/Shut Down Sequence  
F2:- High Tone Horn.
F3:- Low Tone Horn.
F4:- Brakes Releasing.
F5:- On = Buffer Clash – Turn Off = Coupling
F6:-  No 2 End Tail Light Mod **
F7:-  No 1 End Tail Light Mod. (Radiator Fan End)**
F8:-   On = Cab Door Open. Turn Off = Cab Door Close
F9:-  On = Dispatch Whistle – Turn Off = Driver Acknowledgement.
F10:-  Flange Squeal.*
F11:-  On Engine Running = Compressor.  On Engine Shut Down =Air Cylinder Drain Valve/ Pop
F12:-  Drive Hold. (Old Notch up/Down) See a further explanation Below***
F13:-  Rail Clack.*
F14:-  No 1 End Cab Light (Radiator Fan End)
F15:-  No 2 End Cab Light
F16:-  On=Fade Out (reduces sound Doppler effect to 25% Volume) Off=Back to normal setting
F17:- Brake 1 Option (Slows Loco down 50% Quicker) without using Speed Controller
F18:- Brake 2 Option (Slows Loco down 65% Quicker) without using Speed Controller
F19:- Brake 3 Option (Slows Loco down 85% Quicker) without using Speed Controller

• *Flange Squeal only operates at low speed turns off over 15mph

• ** A Loco can’t have Tails light lit when coupled to other vehicles this includes another Loco, wagons, coaches & brake vans. This was a punishable offence for the Driver on Main Line operation. Intermediate Tails lights on trains had a Special Bell Code for Signalman as this was termed as 2 Trains in 1 Section a sackable offence for the Signalman. 
This how serious this was in Railway Times right up to Power Signal Boxes taking over by using Track Circuit Block Signalling (TCB). 
This took away from most signalman to observe EVERY train had passed with Tail Light lit. Imagine a train becoming divided in a section then passing the Signal box the signalman saw the Tail Light of the Loco and allowed another train into this section with another part of the train still in the section. All retailers have always overlooked this apart from Bachmann having a flirt with switches under some chassis.

• Our Tail Light Mod on all Models except Hornby, allows you to turn either end on/off using F6 & F7 on V5 Decoders and nothing to do with directional lights

• *** Drive Hold this replaces notching up & down which was quite hard for us to explain & Locked the Engine rev. Using Drive Hold Press F12 Nothing will happen until you select the speed you require. Still the Loco will not move until you turn off F12 the trick using this is to turn this off before MAX Revs are reached, if not the Loco revs will decrease back to idle. Once the Loco has set off you can increase the speed & engine revs as normal 
Please Note due to the need to keep these Functions to an acceptable level we have incorporated duel functions on F5 & F9 the down side to this option is that when the Power is turned on the track or the Loco is placed on a live track you will hear the coupling ping & the Drivers Acknowledgement. We are slowly rolling out all V5 updates starting with Diesels

Loco History

The Falcon project began in 1959 to design a new, lightweight Diesel-Electric Type4  locomotive for a BR requirement for second generation Diesel Loco’s. No single lightweight diesel engine was powerful enough, so the Falcon project used twin German-designed Maybach MD655 engines like those in the Class 52 ‘Western’  Diesel Hydraulic locomotives of the Western Region. These drove Brush Generators and Traction Motors, rather than the hydraulic transmission of the Westerns.

The prototype, wearing a livery of Lime Green and Chestnut Brown and bearing the number D0280 after its Brush project number 280, emerged from Brush’s works in September 1961. Initial testing took place on the Eastern Region, based at Finsbury Park, and the LMR. Subsequently, it was transferred to the Western Region for power-unit performance testing, where it was tested up the Lickey Incline on 6 February 1962. Returning to Brush in March 1962, it received cast ‘Falcon’ nameplates during an overhaul and upgrade lasting over a year.

Returning to British Railways in 1963, Falcon spent six months working out of Darnall shed, Sheffield, on passenger and freight diagrams, after which its testing was completed. Another year out of service followed, the locomotive returning in British Railways in two-tone green with half yellow ends and intended for active service. There was, now, no chance of Falcon being the forerunner of a line of production locomotives. Advances in diesel engine technology made it obsolete almost from the beginning, with the development of larger and reasonably lightweight single powerplants. Brush Traction’s own single-engined Type 4 design, to become the Class 47, became the successful contender with 512 locomotives eventually produced. Falcon was an evolutionary dead end – a functional locomotive, worth keeping in service, but there were never going to be more.

From 1965 onwards the locomotive, still owned by Brush, was under contract with British Railways so that operation and repair would be handled by them, with only major repairs being handed back to the builder. Allocated to Bristol Bath Rd alongside the Class 52 ‘Western’ fleet, the locomotive worked Paddington-Bristol diagrams with them. In 1970, British Rail approached Brush Traction with a proposal to buy the (by now practically worthless) locomotive for its scrap value; this was accepted by Brush, and the loco underwent a rebuild at BREL Swindon, emerging in corporate BR Blue with full yellow ends and bearing the new number 1200.Vacuum Braking was removed and Air Braking was installed. In this form, Falcon was first allocated to Bristol Bath Road again working alongside Class 52s, and later to Newport Ebbw Junc  for use on Iron Ore trains. During its time at Ebbw Junction, the steam heating boiler was isolated.

In 1975, the locomotive was deemed uneconomic to operate due to its non-standard status and despite efforts to preserve it, Falcon was broken up in May 1976 at Cashmores of Newport. The story goes that the sale contract between Brush and British Rail forbade the locomotive to be resold for future operation by anyone else

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£22 DHL upto 1kg insured to £300
£34 DHL Insured to £800
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