The first Class 31 entered service in November 1957 and the design was one of the Pilot Scheme locomotives ordered by British Railways to replace steam traction. The Class was originally allocated to the Eastern Region, but gradually became common in both the Western and London Midland regions too. The Class 31/1s were the standard locomotive, the 31/0s being the first batch of locos which were fitted with Red Circle multiple-working control equipment which was non-standard and led to them being withdrawn relatively early in the late-1970s.
The 31/1s were fitted with Blue Star multiple-working equipment, as found on many other BR classes, and all had steam heating boilers making them ideal for hauling passenger services. Commonly used 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. Examples were also allocated to Bristol Bath Road and Old Oak Common on the Western Region, where they could be found working passenger trains as far west as Barnstaple and Paignton. In the early 1980s, Healey Mills and Bescot on the Midland Region also gained an allocation as replacements for Class 25s. Coreless Motor - Accessory Pack - NEM Coupling Pockets - Directional Lighting # independently switchable at each end via switches mounted on the circuit-board, orvia DCC - Speaker Fitted - Equipped with a Next 18 DCC decoder socket - Length 123mm (over couplings).
The item "Graham Farish 371-112A N Gauge Class 31 31131 BR Blue" is in sale since Friday, December 4, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectables\Model Railways & Trains\N Gauge\Locomotives". The seller is "cheltenhammodels" and is located in Cheltenham.This item can be shipped worldwide.