Class 35 'Hymek' Profile and Models

Class 35 'Hymek'

D7001 at Cranmore in July 1973. © Gordon Edgar

The Class 35s (aka "Hymeks") were a mixed-traffic diesel-hydraulic class of locomotives built in the early 1960s. They were developed for the Western Region of British Railways, which had opted for lightweight hydraulic locomotives following the BR modernisation plan of 1955. The class initially worked on secondary passenger services out of Bristol and proved so successful that they were promoted to express workings between Paddington and Swansea, displacing the King class steam locomotives. The class also saw work on numerous freight workings in the region and were famously used as banking locomotives on the Lickey incline. Due to their non-standard hydraulic transmission, the Hymeks faced early withdrawal and were taken out of serivce by 1975.

(Information provided by Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive

Diesel Hydraulic


Beyer Peacock (Hymek) Ltd

Build Dates

1961 to 1964

Total Built


Tractive Effort

46,600 lbf

Power Output

1,700 bhp

Top Speed

90 mph

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

British Rail

Main Duties

Mixed Traffic

In Service Until


Surviving Examples



Products awaiting categorisation

Scale Brand Image Construction Type DCC Capability Product Code Product Title Livery
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Hornby No image available Requires assembly Not set R396
Class 35 Hymek D7063 in BR Blue - CKD Kit version BR blue
N Gauge Kitbuilt (unknown brand) No image available Not set Not set KB068
Class 35 Hymek D7006 in BR Blue - kit-built body on Farish chassis BR blue
N Gauge Kitbuilt (unknown brand) No image available Not set Not set KB069
Class 35 Hymek D7044 in BR Green - kit-built body on Farish chassis BR green with late crest
N Gauge Peco Products NL-3C Class 35 Hymek kit (Body only) Requires assembly Not set NL-3C
Class 35 Hymek kit (Body only) Unpainted