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7 1/4 inch gauge Class 31 - stock code 5729

A 7 1/4 inch gauge Class 31 battery-electric. Originally built from a Compass House kit, it has been modified for commercial use with five motors powered by four large leisure batteries wired as two 24 volt pairs, giving it the adhesive weight required for its not inconsiderable tractive effort. Whilst a large, powerful locomotive, it can be transported and reassembled single-handed - the batteries, bogies and body all take apart quickly and are easy to handle.

Complete with five batteries (including a spare), charger with battery condition meter, spare gears, remote control handset, twin horns and a powerful digital sound system coupled to the main 4QD 200 amp controller, giving engine noise appropriate to the speed (including a rather good rumbling idle when sitting at the station).

The locomotive runs well, wiring is a bit of a rat's nest - we would be inclined to refit with quick detach battery terminals and go round with some new connectors and a box full of tie-wraps to tidy things up.

gauge 7 1/4 inch
length/inches 85