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Released October 2009

All prices quoted include GST



Features
  • Ready-to-run
  • Plastic (ABS) body
  • Blackened metal disc wheels (RP25-110)
  • Scale size knuckle couplers
  • Separately applied metal parts
  • 10 Different liveries available
  • Metal & plastic handrails & brake piping
  • Highly detailed bogies with separately applied parts
  • Factory painted & decorated.
  • 18" Recommended minimum radius
  • Will operate on code 70, 83 & 100 rail
  • Detailed cab with driver figures
  • Metal etched mirrors & windscreen wipers
  • Operating LED headlights & marker lights with manual override switch
  • 5-Pole skew wound motor with twin brass flywheels.
  • All wheel drive and electrical pickup
  • Separately applied air hoses
  • DCC Ready with 8 pin socket
  • Heavy diecast chassis

 



Original VR blue and gold, 'Harold W.Clapp'

This version will feature the original VR blue and gold livery as it ran in the 1950’s and 1960s, on B60. B60 will have single beam headlights, nose doors, fuel tank valances, original fabricated bogies, original exhaust positions, polished side numberplates, and ‘Harold W. Clapp’ nameboards.

B60

Original VR (blue/gold) with 'Harold W.Clapp' nameplates   

$295.00

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Original VR blue and gold, with 1,000,000 miles plate

This version will feature the original VR blue and gold livery as it ran in the 1950’s and 1960s, on B62. B62 will have single beam headlights, nose doors, fuel tank valances, original fabricated bogies, original exhaust positions, polished side numberplates, and ‘THE FIRST DIESEL-ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVE IN AUSTRALIA TO RUN 1,000,000 MILES SEPTEMBER 1952 – DECEMBER 1957’ plates.

B62

Original VR (blue/gold) with 1,000,000 miles plate

$295.00

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Original VR blue and gold

This version will feature the original VR blue and gold livery as it ran in the 1950’s and 1960s, on B74 & B85. Both locos will have single beam headlights, nose doors, fuel tank valances, original fabricated bogies, original exhaust positions, and polished side numberplates.

B74

Original VR (blue/gold)  

$295.00

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B85

Original VR (blue/gold)    

$295.00

 

 

   

Modified VR blue and gold

This version will feature the modified VR blue and gold livery as it ran in the later years.

B67 will have twin sealed-beam headlights with black surrounds, nose doors and fuel tank valances removed, modified exhaust positions, first pattern bogies, the inside of the whistles painted red, and the nose handrails painted blue.

B72 will have twin sealed-beam headlights with light grey surrounds, nose doors and fuel tank valances removed, modified exhaust positions, first pattern bogies, the inside of the whistles painted blue, and chrome nose handrails.

B75 will have single beam headlights, nose doors and fuel tank valances removed, modified exhaust positions, first pattern bogies, the inside of the whistles painted blue, and chrome nose handrails.

B67

Modified VR (blue/gold)   

$295.00

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B72

Modified VR (blue/gold) 

$295.00

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B75

Modified VR (blue/gold)  

$295.00

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B60

Modified VR (blue/gold) with 'Harold W.Clapp' nameplates NEW   

$295.00

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VR tangerine and silver `tea-cup`

This version will feature the VR tangerine and silver ‘tea-cup’ livery, as it was applied in the early 1980’s.

B68 will have twin sealed-beam headlights with light grey surrounds, nose doors and fuel tank valances removed, modified exhaust positions, first pattern bogies, the inside of the whistles painted black, chrome nose handrails, and ‘Radio Equipped’ stickers on each nose and under each driver’s side window.

B83 will have twin sealed-beam headlights with light grey surrounds, nose doors and fuel tank valances removed, modified exhaust positions, first pattern bogies, the inside of the whistles painted red, chrome nose handrails, and ‘Radio Equipped’ stickers on each nose and under each driver’s side window.

B68

VR (tangerine/silver) `tea-cup` 

$295.00

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B83

VR (tangerine/silver) `tea-cup`    

$295.00

 

 

   

V/Line all-orange

This version will feature B84, which was painted in the ‘V/Line’ all-orange livery in late 1983. No other B Class unit received this livery.

B84 will have single beam headlights, nose doors and fuel tank valances removed, modified exhaust positions, second pattern (Flexicoil) bogies, the inside of the whistles painted dark grey, chrome nose handrails, and ‘Radio Equipped’ stickers under each cab side window.

B84

V/Line (all-orange)      

$295.00

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V/Line orange and grey

The ‘V/Line’ orange and grey livery first appeared on a B Class unit in the mid 1980’s.

B63 will have twin sealed-beam headlights with light grey surrounds, nose doors and fuel tank valances removed, modified exhaust positions, first pattern bogies, the inside of the whistles painted grey, chrome nose handrails, ‘Radio Equipped’ stickers under each driver’s side window.

B74 will have single beam headlights, nose doors and fuel tank valances removed, modified exhaust positions, first pattern bogies, the inside of the whistles painted grey, chrome nose handrails, no ‘Radio Equipped’ stickers.

B82 will have twin sealed-beam headlights with black surrounds, nose doors and fuel tank valances removed, modified exhaust positions, second pattern (Flexicoil) bogies, the inside of the whistles painted grey, chrome nose handrails, ‘Radio Equipped’ stickers under each cab side window.

B63

V/Line (orange/grey)   

$295.00

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B74

V/Line (orange/grey)   

$295.00

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B82

V/Line (orange/grey)       

$295.00

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West Coast Rail (WCR) blue, yellow and white

B61 was released to traffic in the striking WCR blue, yellow and white livery in early 1997, after extensive refurbishment.

The model will feature twin sealed-beam headlights with black surrounds, nose doors and fuel tank valances removed, modified exhaust positions, first pattern bogies, additional nose handrails and steps, staff exchangers plated over, ditch lights and dual marker lights at the No 1 End, side mirrors and duplicated Brake Pipe and Main Reservoir hoses.

B61

West Coast Rail (blue/yellow/white)  

$295.00

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Murraylander

B80 was released to traffic in the eye-catching ‘Murraylander’ livery in 2000, after extensive refurbishment. This locomotive has seen use on the standard gauge in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

The model will feature twin sealed-beam headlights with black surrounds, nose doors and fuel tank valances removed, modified exhaust positions, first pattern bogies, staff exchangers plated over, ditch lights and dual marker lights at both ends, side mirrors and duplicated Brake Pipe and Main Reservoir hoses.

B80

Murraylander 

$295.00

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Southern Shorthaul Railroad (SSR) yellow and black

B61 has recently been refurbished, and repainted into the SSR yellow and black livery. This locomotive will shortly re-enter traffic, and will work on the standard gauge in Victoria and New South Wales.

The model will include all of the features of B61 in the WCR livery as detailed above – the bogie type will be confirmed once the unit re-enters service.

B61

Southern Shorthaul Railroad (SSR yellow/black)    

$295.00

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Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia (CFCLA) blue, yellow and silver

B76 is currently being refurbished at the SSR Bendigo Workshop, and will be repainted into the CFCLA blue, yellow and silver livery. This locomotive will re-enter traffic around the end of 2005, and will work on the standard gauge in Victoria and New South Wales.

The model will include all of the features of B61 in the WCR livery as detailed above – the bogie type will be confirmed once the unit re-enters service.

B76

Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia (CFCLA blue/yellow/silver)  

$295.00

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Auscision Models B65 red, silver and yellow *LIMITED EDITION* only 300 units

Auscision Models are proud to announce a Limited Edition model of our 1/1 scale B Class Locomotive B65.

Each B65 model will come with its own uniquely numbered and signed certificate all presented in a hand crafted wooden storage box.

 

B65

Auscision Models (red, silver & yellow)                                              

$295.00

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VICTORIAN B CLASS LOCOMOTIVE – PROTOTYPE OVERVIEW

The B Class was the Victorian Railways’ first mainline diesel-electric locomotive, and worked all over Victoria, except on a number of lightly laid branch lines.

These units were built by the Clyde Engineering Company of Granville NSW, with the first of the class, B60, entering service in July 1952. In all, 26 such locomotives were built, with the last of the class, B85, being delivered in February 1954.

The locomotives were designated Model ML2 by Clyde Engineering, and featured a very attractive round-nose double-cab layout, with a General Motors 16-cylinder 567B engine making 1500HP available for traction.

The units could be found on almost any main line train on the broad gauge in Victoria, from heavy grain rakes to commuter passenger services, express freights, slow general goods, and even named passenger trains such as the Overland and Vinelander.

Progressively in the early 1980s, B60, B62, B66, B70, B71, B73, B77, B78, B79, B81 and B85 were all withdrawn from traffic, and rebuilt by Clyde Engineering at their Rosewater plant in Adelaide into A Class locomotives.

Apart from delivery runs and a short period when B60 was transferred to standard gauge in 1975 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Harold W. Clapp (a previous Commissioner of the Victorian Railways); in VR ownership, the class was only found working on the broad gauge. This however has changed in recent years following privatisation of the rail industry.

B74 (in restored Original VR Blue & Gold livery, owned by the Seymour Rail Heritage Centre) and B80 (in the Murraylander livery) have worked in NSW on the standard gauge at various times over the last handful of years. B80 spent considerable time with ATN Access working on its Riverina grain rake to Port Kembla, together with a period of hire to Lachlan Valley Rail Freight, where generally it worked between Newcastle and Sydney. B74 has also operated with ATN Access in the Riverina of NSW.

In 2004, B61, B65, B76 & B80 were sold by West Coast Rail (WCR) to Chicago Freight Car Leasing Australia (CFCLA), following their withdrawal earlier that year due to bolster cracking issues. Southern Shorthaul Railroad’s Bendigo Workshop has been replacing the bolsters on these four locomotives, with B61 to re-enter service before the end of 2005, and B65, B76 and B80 to re-enter service in the first half of 2006. All four units should re-enter service on the standard gauge, and should see work in both Victoria and NSW.

B Class units have received many different liveries over the years. These include:

  • Original VR Blue & Gold livery with polished side numberplates (applied to all class members when introduced).

  • Modified VR Blue & Gold livery with black and white side numberplates, more gold around the cab side windows and the tops of the cab doors, together with a thinner gold stripe along the bottom of the body sides (applied to all class members from the late 1960s onwards).

  • VR Tangerine & Silver ‘Tea-cup’ livery (so called because of the shape of the silver logo), applied to B64, B68, B69, B74, B80, B81, B82, B83 & B84.

  • V/LINE all over Orange livery, applied to B84 only.

  • V/LINE Grey & Orange livery, applied to B61, B63, B64, B69, B74, B76, B80, B82, B83 & B84.

  • West Coast Rail Blue/Yellow/White livery, applied to B61 & B76.

  • West Coast Rail Blue austerity livery, applied to B65 only.

  • Murraylander Yellow/Silver/Red livery, applied to B80 only.

  • Southern Shorthaul Railroad Yellow & Black livery, applied to B61.

  • CFCLA Blue/Silver/Yellow livery, currently being applied to B76.

B65 and B80 will also receive repaints at SSR’s Bendigo workshop in the coming months, prior to re-entering service following upgrading work. The liveries of these two locomotives are yet to be determined.

Members of the B Class have essentially had 3 different styles of bogies over their life. When delivered, they featured fabricated bogies. Early in the life of the class, these bogies were replaced. Two different styles of cast bogies have been fitted to the class since then – ‘first pattern’ bogies and ‘second pattern’ bogies. The ‘second pattern’ bogies are also commonly known as ‘Flexi-coil’ bogies. It was not unusual for a class member to receive a different style of cast bogie each time it received a bogie changeout. In fact, an odd class member now and then could be seen with one of each type of cast bogie.

A number of body modifications have also been made to various B Class members.

The exhaust stacks on all class members were modified during the late 1960’s to a new arrangement (further apart), following the fitting of spark arrestors to the exhaust system. Commencing around the same time, the nose doors and fuel tank valances were also removed, and progressively this was carried out on the entire fleet. Many class members also had their single beam headlights changed to twin sealed-beam varieties, either with a black or light grey surround.

In the late 1980s, all remaining class members were fitted with side mirrors.

When B61 and B76 ended up in West Coast Rail ownership, a number of additional external modifications were undertaken. These included additional nose handrails and steps, fitting ditch lights and double marker lights to the No 1 End only, plating the staff exchangers over, and duplicating the Brake Pipe and Main Reservoir cocks and hoses at both ends. When B80 surfaced in the Murraylander livery, it had been fitted with ditch lights and double marker lights at both ends, together with plating the staff exchangers over, and duplicating the Brake Pipe and Main Reservoir cocks and hoses at both ends.


VICTORIAN B CLASS LOCOMOTIVE – PROTOTYPE PHOTOS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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