After nearly 40 years service the original Airfix Class 31 has become very tired. Given the availability of new Hornby RailRoad Class 31's in BR Blue livery, the opportunity was taken by Banbury Connections Management to commission substitution of the original Green Airfix body onto the new Hornby Chassis. Of course this is not as simple as it sounds! as the new chassis has the buffers molded onto it whilst the original has the buffers on the body!. BRED (Banbury Connections Rolling Stock Engineering Department, rectified this issue by surgery on the Hornby chassis to remove that set of buffers. This allowed the Airfix body to friction fit onto the new chassis very comfortably. The Operations Department is so impressed with the result that it has ordered an additional unit with these modifications!
BRED (Banbury Connections Rolling Stock and Engineering Department)
The rolling stock update is produced by BRED and looks at changes and repairs of notable interest to the Banbury Connections fleet. Some past projects can be found under the resources section of the website. If you are curious about the performance of a particular locomotive feel free to contact us and I will endeavour to provide a fair assessment of any models we own.