Clayton has supplied variations of its CBD80/90 hybrid battery-diesel loco to a number of industrial users with an initial build of 5 for Tata Steel, 2 for Sellafield and 15 for Beacon Rail with more expected in the future. Clayton and Beacon hope that the Class 18 will begin to replace elderly Class 08s as the modern yard shunter of choice.
The 15 Beacon locos have been assigned to Class 18 on the rail network and are expected to be hired out to freight operators in a number of industrial and yard locations. 18001 is currently on test with GBRf at Whitemoor.
- Model designed to British OO gauge, 1:76.2 scale
- Injection moulded plastic body and bogies with many detailing parts. Where appropriate grilles to be photo-etched and handrails/piping/windscreen wipers to be wire, photo-etched or very fine plastic.
- Heavy cast metal chassis/footplate block.
- Power pick-up on all wheels.
- Designed to allow simple conversion to EM/P4 standards.
- Couplers to be mounted in NEM 362 sockets with kinematic close-coupling system. Models to be supplied with functional tension lock couplers at both ends using slot in removable end buffing plate.
- Painted full buffing plate with realistic cosmetic coupler hook and shackle to be supplied in an accessory pack for customers to fit.
- Chassis incorporates smooth, 5-pole 12V DC motor
- High quality PCB to incorporate DCC interface with Stay-Alive and Anti-Flicker.
- Models to feature working forward cab and bufferbeam white headlights, red tail lights and where appropriate solid or flashing warning lights. Lighting to be switchable, and capable of full prototypical configurations under DCC control. Lighting to use bright white or coloured LEDs as appropriate.
- Models to feature detailed, painted cab interior and switchable interior cab lighting.
- Models to feature softly sprung buffers.
- An optional DCC sound project has been recorded by Legomanbiffo.