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'Drewry' Shunter
Item No: L7CBR4
In category  Locomotives / 7.25in Gauge / RTR

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From AU$11,500
Kit Chain drive

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The Tasmanian V Class, New Zealand Ds Class, and British Class 04 locomotives were built by Drewry Car Co as industrial shunting locomotives. These locomotives were shipped all over the world for Standard and Cape Gauges, with a range of customisations.

Australia - Tasmania

The Tasmanian Government Railways V class were the first diesel locomotives operated by the TGR, with 12 imported or built locally at Launceston from 1948-1968. Another two were imported for the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company totalling 14 locomotives operating in the state.

In service in Launceston, Hobart, Deloraine, and Smithton, along with private industry at Mt Lyell, they served until the 1980s. Since then they have been popular for Heritage Railways around the country.

10 of these have survived into preservation, currently at:

  • West Coast Wilderness Railway TAS (3)
  • Don River Railway TAS (1)
  • Derwent Valley Railway TAS (1)
  • Bellarine Peninsula Railway VIC (2)
  • Puffing Billy Railway VIC (1)
  • Hotham Valley Railway WA (2)

Now used in-service at Heritage Railways across Tasmania and Mainland Australia, these Australian locomotives have survived the test of time in harsh conditions.

New Zealand

In New Zealand the Ds Class were imported from 1949 - 1955 as a fleet of 16 locomotives to run shunting duties in Wellington, Lyttleton, and other ports. Another four locomotives were built for the Ohai Railway Board and the Whakatane Board Mills, bringing the total to 20 built for New Zealand Railways.

With many surviving into heritage operation, they continue to serve and fulfil their purpose as shunters across New Zealand. They are operating at:

  • Steam Incorporated Paekakariki (2)
  • Ocean Beach Railway Dunedin (1)
  • Glenbrook Vintage Railway (1)
  • Bay of Islands Vintage Railway (2)

United Kingdom

The first four British Rail Class 04 locomotives were built with skirts for operating on Tramways, with a total of 142 built for BR in four batches from 1952 - 1962. The class was distributed throughout the BR system, and were used until 1972, with D2289 in service until 2012.

21 have been preserved across the UK and many can be seen operating at heritage railways.

The MTS Model

We have designed this locomotive to reflect the range of locomotives seen internationally. Three versions are available to suit your needs:

  • 5" gauge outside frame with connecting rods, (Tasmania and New Zealand)
  • 7.25" gauge inside frame with connecting rods, (UK)
  • and Gauge Convertible outside frame chain drive for 5" and 7.25".

Best suited for heavy haulage at home or club operations, the standard 1kW version will haul four carriages on most tracks.

Features include:

  • Diesel Sound System
  • Strong horns
  • Powerful headlight suitable for night-running
  • Key operated disable switch
  • 'Break away' disable feature
  • Improved Hand Held tether control or control panel.
  • MTS MU (Multiple Unit) Control System. This enables two or more engines to be coupled together and driven by the one driver. Power and control jumper cables link the locos together. Compatible with all MTS MU engines.

Options and Package Deals

Second on-board motor available, and Package deals including riding cars and track. Ask us for more information.

Drewry locomotive on Load Trial at Box Hill in Melbourne:

Contact us to find out more today!

Measurements and Specifications
Gauge    5" and 7.25"
1.5" : 1ft
Performance and Control
Powered?    Yes
Motors    2 x 1000w
Control    Electronic with hand controller
Multi-unit ready?    Standard
Maximum load    18 adults
Top speed    12km/h
Equipment and Fittings
Bearings    Ball Bearings
Drive    Chain and Rod
Suspension    Spring (Axle Box)
Brake(s)    1 (Regenerative)
Wheel type    steel disc
Wheel configuration    C
Enthusiasts' Notes on "Real World Equivalent" of this item
Date manufactured    1948
Regions in service    Australia, New Zealand, UK
Pricing and Availability
      (Kit Chain drive)
Prices from   $11,500 AUD.
Available    Now
Lead time    12 weeks
Warranty    12 months