Phoenix locos are UK based international distributors of high quality, affordable battery electric model locos,
rolling stock and loco bogies in 5 inch and 7.25 inch gauge that are ideal as club locos or in garden railways.

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The Voltswagen was inspired by the Class KLv20. In the mid fifties, Deutches Bundesbahn commissioned a prototype light railway vehicle for maintenance crews using a VW Type 2 body. The KLv20 class grew by a further 30 vehicles. We use a pair Titan 7 bogies with a custom length chassis to give both stability and the ability to negotiate tight curves. The 2hp HP Voltswagen features a comfy all weather seat with spring suspension and a car style ratchet handbrake.

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The Hefty

Following the success of the Tug loco we have had many requests for a bogie version. The result is Hefty a bogie sit in loco with a very generous cab to give a comfortable seating position. By incorporating our proven Low Profile Power Bogies, we have left plenty of space under the bonnet for batteries, accessories and essentials such as lunch boxes flasks. The kit comes with a steel roof as standard, all the major panels are powder coated in your choice of colour and the kit is supplied with all fasteners and pre-terminated wiring loom making this a kit that you can build in a weekend.

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Class 52 Western

The 1000 Class Loco design by Sir Misha Black is considered by many to be the pinnacle of diesel-hydraulic locomotive design. Not just a technical tour de force but a magnificent looking loco which still draws admiring looks from enthusiasts in both full size and as a scale model.

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Class 50 Hoover

All the Class 50's were originally named after warships in the British fleet. They were initially unpopular having usurped the beloved Western class. The Class eventually won over the hearts and minds of the enthusiasts and the 50 is a popular addition to many heritage railways. The model can be finished as all incarnations of the full size versions.

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Project Loco 2

The Project Loco is a freelance design which takes many of its styling cues from the Hunslet Locomotives of yesteryear. The model has been sold into many countries and has proved to a robust and reliable performer equally at home on the club track or garden railway.

The 5" gauge version of the Project Loco belies its diminutive size of 22in long by hauling 4-5 passengers with ease for an afternoons running on club tracks and on the smallest of garden railways. It can be built in a weekend and requires no special tools or knowledge.

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Titan Bogie Loco

We were asked if you could double head a pair of Project locos for greater passenger hauling power. This request led to the introduction of the Titan 7 which is effectively a pair of Project Locos on one chassis. The low profile bogies each have the same power unit as a Project loco and give the Titan the ability to tackle passenger hauling with ease.

Scaled at 75% of its big brother, the Titan 5 features four motors and all axles are driven. The kit can easily be built in a weekend with no special tools required. Follow the illustrated build instructions and you could be on the track with your own loco in no time.

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The Hesketh

This Hibberd Planet style loco features all steel welded construction and a 1hp 24DC motor which is controlled by an industry standard digital control system. If you want the rugged looks of a narrow gauge industrial loco with the power to haul passengers all day then look no further than the Hesketh.

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Class 42 Warship

We were able to access the full size loco to build our model to ensure that it was an accurate scale representation. The two powered bogies are driven on all axles ensuring the model is a great passenger hauler with the ability to run all day long.

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Class 14 Teddy Bear

A great loco for the scale enthusiast, lots of detailing inside and out along with the drive system replicating jack shaft drive to all axles via the connecting rods. Investment cast steel wheels and etched nickel detailing make this loco a great loco to build and run.

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DB V200

The iconic diesel hydraulic loco of the Deutches BundesBahn, replicated here in minute detail, to satisfy the most demanding enthusiast. This loco incorporates interior and exterior detailing to a degree rarely seen on 5" gauge locomotives. The fire extinguishers are made up from four individual parts and there are six extinguishers with each kit.

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Y6 Tram

What can you say about this really useful engine? Known the world over thanks to the railway books of the Rev. W Awdry, the LNER Y6 tram engine was a stalwart of the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway and continues to be one of the most popular designs at the club track, appealing to young and old and big kids everywhere.

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Class 24

The Class 24's were nicknamed “rats” as they seemingly got everywhere on the railway system. We wanted to model a loco that had the fifties and sixties era look of disc codes and simple green livery. Easy to build easy to run and maintain and easy on the pocket, this is a scale loco with great detailing which can hold its own when it comes to passenger hauling duties at the club track.

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The Geep

A General Purpose locomotive for comfortable and safe running all day long, a great passenger hauler with all axles driven and a hand parking brake. Easy access via the side door and plenty of storage space for additional batteries and essentials, such as a flask of tea and sandwiches.

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A new loco for 2013. This loco has all the attributes of the well proven Project Loco with the looks and feel of the narrow gauge industrial scene. The headlight and handrails are included in the easy build kit which can get you on the track with your own loco in one weekend.

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An auto-trolley style, ride on loco which can be configured for one or two persons. A robust chassis and drive train featuring plywood body work for authentic looks. The Scooter can be fitted with reduced speed gearing to get you as close to the agricultural narrow gauge scene as possible with a quiet and efficient loco capable of shifting garden requisites and passengers with equal ability.

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The Tug

The Tug is the result of a visit to the wonderful 18" gauge Steeple Grange Light Railway. Spending a day with the diesel workhorses on that line led to the development of our own narrow gauge workhorse which we just had to call The Tug. All Steel construction powder coated in customer choice of colour along with a pair of 1 Hp motors controlled by a 180amp digital controller.

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Vale of Ffestiniog

The classic Festiniog Railway diesel loco was created from an earlier Funkey loco which was purchased by the railway from South Africa. The Funkey had a single cab and one long bonnet. It was decided to convert this to a double ended loco with a cab at both ends. The designer Steve Coulson built the loco for the railway and was kind enough to allow us access to some of his Cad files to enable us to replicate our own version of Vale of Ffestiniog.

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40HP Simplex Protected Loco

The Simplex 40hp Protected Loco designed and built in 1917 is more commonly referred to as the Tin Turtle. The Phoenix model captures the look of this historic trench loco with all the little details such as the door handles and the driver protection panels. A compact loco at 32inches long equally at home on the Garden Railway accommodating curves as little as 10ft radius or as a passenger hauler with a difference at the club track.

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The Druid

The loco was manufactured by Motor Rail in 1941 as a Simplex 20hp. Built originally with a very basic cab and body as MR8644, named Druid and supplied to the MOD. The Abbey Light Railway in Leeds acquired the loco in 1999 and retained the chassis and transmission. A new Perkins diesel engine was fitted and new bodywork was fashioned to accommodate the upgraded machinery. The distinctive blue livery, with white stripes, has made Druid instantly recognisable and a favourite of many railway enthusiasts.

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Beefy Auto Truck

Mr George Grist designed his first Auto truck nearly 100 years ago. The Lister Company liked it so much they bought the design and manufacturing rights and the rest as they say is history. The Phoenix Auto Truck is a little quieter than the originals, being a battery-electric version, ideal for a Sunday afternoon trundle round the railway. Although we used Beefy to denote the fact that it is built like the proverbial tank. We have left the front panel on the radiator grille blank so owners can choose their own name for their Auto Truck. The loco is available in both 7¼" and 10¼" gauge.

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The Budgie

The Budgie is the result of our wish list of things we wanted to feature in a loco. Older style spectacle plate, a bunker style cab, tall bonnet and a bigger 5" gauge version alongside its 7¼" big brother. Both versions have chain drive from motor to axles and powder coated panels that bolt together, to make a loco kit you can build using just hand tools.

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