BRCW prototype 'Lion' Profile and Models

BRCW prototype 'Lion'

Official works photograph of D2060 in May 1962. © via Daveynorth

D0260, named Lion, was a prototype Type 4 mainline diesel-electric locomotive built in 1962 by a consortium of Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company, Sulzer the engine maker and Associated Electrical Industries, at BRCW's Smethwick works in Birmingham. The locomotive's number was derived from its works number, DEL260. Lion was a private venture to meet a requirement from British Railways for a powerful locomotive of Co-Co wheel arrangement, as a substitute for the earlier 1Co-Co1 locomotives such as the Peak classes. Lion used a more powerful development of the same engine as the Class 44 Peaks, but lighter overall and with a more reliable bogie design. 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 However, BR decided to purchase its new Type 4 fleet from Brush Traction (the Class 47) and so D0260 was withdrawn in February 1964.

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive



Birmingham RCW and AEI Ltd

Build Dates


Total Built


Tractive Effort

55,000 lbf

Power Output

2,750 hp

Top Speed

100 mph

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

British Railways

Main Duties


In Service Until


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OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Silver Fox D0260SF BRCW prototype D0260 "Lion" Resin Body Kit Requires assembly Not set D0260SF
BRCW prototype D0260 "Lion" Resin Body Kit Private Owner