Class 31 Profile and Models

Class 31

31271 at Derby Etches Park Depot in September 2014. ©Clagmaster

The British Rail Class 31 (aka Brush Type 2) locomotives were produced following the launch of the Class 20 and were one of the pilot scheme designs by British Railways which were intended to replace steam locomotives. Originally destined for the Eastern region, the class became known for working on both the Western and London Midland regions too, working even further afield later in life. Throughout their life, the class saw several modifications and five different subclasses existed. The class held a long and varied lifespan, working a variety of local and express passenger sevices, freight and engineers trains - with some locomotives working on the mainline as late as 2017.

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive



Brush Traction

Build Dates

1957 to 1962

Total Built


Tractive Effort

35,900 lbf

Power Output

1,250 to 1,365 bhp (Mirlees Engines)
1,470 bhp (English Electric Engines)

Top Speed

80mph (D5500 to D5534)
90mph (Remainder of class)

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

British Rail
Fragonset Railways
FM Rail
Mainline Rail
Nemesis Rail
Network Rail

Main Duties

Mixed Traffic

In Service Until


Surviving Examples



TT3 Gauge (1:100 scale)

Products awaiting categorisation

Scale Brand Image Construction Type DCC Capability Product Code Product Title Livery
N Gauge CJM 31290 Class 31 31290 in Railfreight Red Stripe Livery RTR/RTUse/Pre-assembled Not set 31290
Class 31 31290 in Railfreight Red Stripe Livery Railfreight grey (inc. Red Stripe)
N Gauge Graham Farish 371-112B Class 31/1 31306 'Cricklewood' in BR blue RTR/RTUse/Pre-assembled Not set 371-112B
Class 31/1 31306 'Cricklewood' in BR blue Awaiting Categorisation