Introducing the Golden Valley Hobbies model of :

The Yorkshire Engine Co 'Janus' 0-6-0 Diesel Locomotive.

Updated: 5th July 2017
The container has reached the UK and is going through Customs/Clearance. We should see models next week.
We've also received final cost price and import cost details. Together with the 17% worsening of exchange rates the models will cost slightly more. We will honour all existing orders at the old prices, but new orders are at the higher prices shown below. 
 
 
2nd June 2017
Our first stock has left thee factory and is heading towards us!
GV2012 - National Coal board Janus 0-6-0
GV6012 - NCB 3 pack wagons
GVCOAL - - 3 pack of wagon loads (Coal)
Release expected early July 2017.
 
 
Feb 2017 
First livery samples of our triple wagon packs - one for each loco have arrived.
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Loco is in production facility - we're awaiting the motors and ESU chips to arrive before we can complete the assembly.
25th Oct 2016 
First livery sample received. We've asked for two amendments to the paint and have approved the model for production!  Looks good for an early 2017 arrival.
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Update: 14th September. DCC Sound demonstrated on Youtube videos
The Sound recording of the Janus was completed last month and the masternig onto the DCC chip is now complete and being tested. You can see the loco in full sound glory on these Youtube clips.


“Golden Valley Hobbies Janus Shunter preview” — Here is the first of two preview videos of the new 4mm scale Janus Shunter


“Golden Valley Hobbies Janus shunter drivelock preview” — A brief demonstration of the new drivelock feature 
 
About the Janus Locomotive:
The Yorkshire Engine Company Janus was a 0-6-0 wheel arrangement, diesel-electric locomotive that weighed 48 tons and had a maximum speed of 23 mph (37 km/h). The two Rolls-Royce C6SFL diesel engines gave a total power output of 400 hp (300 kW). Each engine had its cooling system at the outer end, and its generator at the inner end. There were two traction motors, each being powered by one generator, thus simplifying the electrical system.
Production began in 1956, and ended in 1965

Eventually, 102 Janus locomotives were built: mostly for the British steel industry, but other customers included Imperial Chemical Industries (12 locomotives), the Port of London Authority (10), and the National Coal Board (7). Three locomotives were exported.

In 2008, 23 were still in industrial service, and seven had entered preservation.


 
The name Janus is from the two-faced god Janus: the locomotive was symmetrical with two faces. The similarity in power and speed would indicate that this type of locomotive could have been used in a similar role to the British Rail Class 08 shunter. In recent years Class 08 shunters owned by EWS have replaced Janus locomotives on some industrial railways.
One model was loaned to BR for tests.

Source:
Images and some text from - Wikipedia published under the Creative Commons Licence


About the GVH model:
Using original engineering drawings, press publicity and published history we have developed an accurate 1:76 scale locomotive for OO gauge model railways. The desk research has been backed up with on site visits to view and measure surviving locomotives. We are indebted to the archive departments and support of current and previous company owners of Janus locomotives in completing this task.

The model has been designed to incorporate many fine details of the original locomotives and also offer key detail variations made during their long operational ownership.
Permission has been obtained from a variety of famous British companies who owned and operated these locos, giving us the ability to reproduce their branding on the models. Some brand owners have applied restrictions to the production run quantity we are allowed to produce and so they will become more sought after once released.

The product development has been under way for the last 12 months and we are delighted to be working with a partner who is developing a range of competitively priced models on their own account in this market - Oxford Rail. The Research, CAD and final CAD reviews have all been completed, with tooling now under way.
 
January 2016 update - We've seen the first test samples coming from the tooling at the London Toy Fair this week. These are the four main components. The factory designer and we will now inspect them.
 
 

 
 
 February Update:
The first draft versions of the liveries have arrived for review. You can see them here. 
 
May Update:
Our first engineering sample arrived from China this week. It's suffered a little rough handling with some bent handrails, but it runs well and needs only tiny changes to the chassis and gear set up.


 
 Click here to see a short video on our facebook page.
 
 

Specification of the model will be as follows:
  • 1:76 scale. OO gauge
  • 5 pole, skew wound motor
  • DCC Ready
  • Designed for DCC Sound
  • Accurate model with fine detail bodywork.
  • NEM coupler pockets


Whilst, the first liveries to be announced are as follows:
GV2012
NCB Janus 0 6 0 Diesel
NCB Janus 0-6-0 Diesel

 
The National Coal Board operated railheads at many of their pits - and across many parts of the country. The locomotive will be produced in this popular brand as part of the first release.
GV2013
British Steel No5 Janus 0 6 0 Diesel
British Steel No5 Janus 0-6-0 Diesel
The steel industry was nationalised in the early 1960's. Prior to that several companies had purchased Janus locomotives including the owners of the Yorkshire Engine Co itself. These transferred to British Steel and operated at several plants. Our model will be in the high visibility Yellow livery of more recent times.
 
Produced with permission of Tata Steel, production limited to 500 pieces.
GV2014
BP Janus 0 6 0 Diesel Loco
BP Janus 0-6-0 Diesel Loco

 
BP - British Petroleum operated a small fleet of locomotives, but the oil industry in general were big users of the railways. Our model will feature the iconic BP Shield logo as used on the original Janus Loco.
GV2015
Port of London No201 Janus 0 6 0 Diesel
Port of London No201 Janus 0-6-0 Diesel

 
The Port of London Authority (or PLA) were large purchasers of the Janus. Using them to replace many steam locomotives across their dock system. The dock system overall totalled 95 miles of running lines stretching along the Thames. Our locomotive represents the Janus in it's brand new delivered livery.
 
 
We will also be offering a DCC Sound fitted option on each loco.
 
The Decoder is being supplied by ESU and will be their v4.0 Loksound decoder matched to one of their speakers. Inside the loco is a custom built sound chamber - due mainly to the small space available for Sound.

A preserved loco has been recorded in use at the Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society site and will now be mastered by DCC Sound expert Legomanbiffo.


You can listen to some of the raw sound files via these links:
Engine Running
Horn

GV2012
NCB Janus 0 6 0 Diesel
NCB Janus 0-6-0 Diesel
 
The National Coal Board operated railheads at many of their pits - and across many parts of the country. The locomotive will be produced in this popular brand as part of the first release.
GV2013
British Steel No5 Janus 0 6 0 Diesel
British Steel No5 Janus 0-6-0 Diesel
 
The steel industry was nationalised in the early 1960's. Prior to that several companies had purchased Janus locomotives including the owners of the Yorkshire Engine Co itself. These transferred to British Steel and operated at several plants. Our model will be in the high visibility Yellow livery of more recent times.
Produced with permission of Tata Steel.
GV2014
BP Janus 0 6 0 Diesel Loco
BP Janus 0-6-0 Diesel Loco
 
BP - British Petroleum operated a small fleet of locomotives, but the oil industry in general were big users of the railways. Our model will feature the iconic BP Shield logo as used on the original Janus Loco.
GV2015
Port of London No201 Janus 0 6 0 Diesel
Port of London No201 Janus 0-6-0 Diesel
 
 
The Port of London Authority (or PLA) were large purchasers of the Janus. Using them to replace many steam locomotives across their dock system. The dock system overall totalled 95 miles of running lines stretching along the Thames. Our locomotive represents the Janus in it's brand new delivered livery.

 
Matching Wagons
To compliment each locomotive we are also commissioning from Oxford Rail a matching series of Open wagons each inspired by the owning companies livery and branding. This will allow operators to produce a scene of loco and freight vehicles which are relevant to the diorama being created.
Each livery of wagon will be produced as a 3 pack with different running numbers applied to each wagon.

GV6012
3 pack NCB 7 plank open coal wagon
3 pack NCB 7 plank open coal wagon
GV6013
3 pack BSC 7 plank open mineral wagon
3 pack BSC 7 plank open mineral wagon

 
GV6014
3 pack BP 7 plank open petrol can wagon
3 pack BP 7 plank open petrol can wagon

 
GV6015
3 pack Port of London Authority 7 plank open mineral wagon
3 pack PLA 7 plank open mineral wagon

 


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