British Rail D0260

Type and origin
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company and AEI Ltd
Serial number DEL260
Build date 1962
UIC class Co'Co'
Gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Wheel diameter 3 ft 9 in (1.143 m)
Wheelbase 50 ft 9 in (15.47 m)
Length 63 ft 6 in (19.35 m)
Width 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
Height 12 ft 10 in (3.91 m)
Loco weight 114 long tons (116 t; 128 short tons)
Fuel capacity 850 imp gal (3,900 l; 1,020 US gal)
Prime mover Sulzer 12LDA28-C
Traction motors AEI, 6 off
Transmission Diesel-electric
Train heating Steam generator
Performance figures
Maximum speed 100 mph (160 km/h)
Power output 2,750 hp (2,050 kW)
Tractive effort 55,000 lbf (244.65 kN)
Operators British Railways
Numbers D0260
Axle load class RA 7
Disposition Returned to manufacturer, scrapped

D0260, named Lion, was a prototype Type 4 mainline diesel locomotive built in 1962 by the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company, in association with Sulzer and Associated Electrical Industries, at their Smethwick works in Birmingham to demonstrate their wares to British Railways. The locomotive’s number was derived from its works number, DEL260.


It was of Co-Co wheel arrangement and was fitted with a Sulzer 12LDA28C engine of 2,750 horsepower (2,050 kW). It had a maximum speed of 100 mph (160 km/h) and weighed 114 long tons (116 t; 128 short tons). It was painted white with five gold stripes along the bottom half of its bodyside.


BR tested it initially on Western Region services out of London Paddington based at Wolverhampton Stafford Road Shed. Later it moved to Finsbury Park on the Eastern Region for services London King's Cross. However, BR decided to purchase its new Type 4 fleet from Brush Traction (the Class 47) and so D0260 was withdrawn and scrapped in November 1963.


Full details of LION's final withdrawal have never been fully made public, and even the BRC&W workforce were not informed of its fate. But at some time LION was moved to AEI's works at Attercliffe where AEI became responsible for stripping the locomotive, primarily to recover their electrical components, but during this process Sulzer recovered their 12LDA28C power unit and radiators (the engine was sent to be reconditioned at Vickers in Barrow-in-Furness, and was subsequently installed into an unknown production Class 47). What remained, principally the body shell and bogies, were sold to Beighton scrap merchant Thos W Ward for £355. The date on which Ward finally cut up the remains is unclear. One report puts it as late as 1965.


D0260 "Lion" is being made as a kit and ready-to-run in OO gauge by Silver Fox Models.[1]

There is now also an OO gauge ready to run model produced by Heljan.


  1. "D0260 Lion Co-Co Brush/Sulzer/BRC&W". Retrieved 17 November 2012.


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