Hattons wows with Metrovick’s ugly duckling

BR'S MODERNISATION Plan brought with it a raft of pilot scheme diesel locomotives and amongst those was the Metropolitan-Vickers Co-Bo – one of the more unusual and arresting designs of the era.

However, as an unusual locomotive outward appearance has never affected the popularity of the Crossley engined diesel electric locomotives and, as this issue closed for press, Hatton's was expecting bulk deliveries of its specially commissioned model of the D5700 series locomotives any day.

The model has been produced exclusively for Hatton's by Danish manufacturer Heljan and is symbolic with the company which had a strong association with the original Hornby Dublo model of the Co-Bo. Seven versions are being produced covering BR green, BR green with small yellow warning panels, BR green with full yellow ends, BR blue and weathered variants of the latter three liveries all with different locomotive numbers (see panel).

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