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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Phoenix Locos

The Budgie 5 inch Specification

  • Overall Length: 698mm / 27.5in
  • Height, rail head to roof: 553mm / 21.7in
  • Width over buffer-beams: 310 mm / 12.2in
  • Weight (excluding batteries) : 54.35Kg / 120lbs
  • Battery/Electric - 24volts DC with two 280 watt 24v PMDC motors (batteries are not supplied with a kit)
  • Control 200 amp iDrive digital controller. Controls located on rear panel.
  • Rotary power control. Switches for direction, freewheel, half speed. Fourth switch is for optional use.
  • Accucharge display gives battery condition and diagnostics.
  • Chain drive from motors to central lay-shaft and to both axles.
  • Independent spring suspension, self aligning bearings, CNC wheels (151mm diameter) and 25mm axles. 6mm welded buffer/drag beams.
  • Laser cut and folded steel panels 2,3 and 6mm steel as required.
  • Bolt together construction.
  • Panels powder coated in owners choice of colour.
  • All wiring is supplied. The battery and motor wires are hidden below the frame floor. This eliminates trailing wires across loco.
  • 50 amp midi fuse and battery master switch.
  • Dead-mans loop provided. Loco will stop if loop is disconnected. Loco will not proceed if it detects a fault.
  • The accucharge display will give fault report. Fault can be rectified and system reset. Controller will recheck system and operate normally when fault is cleared.
  • If throttle is opened before battery master switch is operated, loco will not move.
  • Throttle must be at zero when battery power is established. This prevents inadvertent movement of loco.
  • A battery master switch with key is fitted as standard.
  • A battery charging system is fitted with an Anderson connector under the cab to allow battery charging without removing batteries or having to remove the bonnet.
  • The kit includes a second Anderson connector for you to fit to your battery charger.
  • Battery straps are provide for safe, secure location of batteries.
  • Anchor points for safety chains at front and rear of loco.
Kit components
  • Chassis/frame, laser cut and folded and black powder coated.
  • Wiring loom assembled and fitted with 200 amp Digital motor speed controller, fuses and battery connections fitted.
  • 6mm steel welded front and rear buffer/drag beams.
  • 8mm diameter coupling pins with R clips.
  • Rear panel is fitted with rotary throttle, dead-mans facility, switches for forward and reverse, freewheel, half speed and auxiliary.
  • The iDrive controller and Accucharge display. This panel is assembled with all wiring installed ready to be fitted to the loco.
  • All body panels powder coated in colour of your choice
  • Wheels, axles, lay-shaft, sprockets, chain and bearings.
  • Suspension components. Springs bolts, spacers, bearings, etc.
  • Window frames and window material
  • 3D printed Budgie nameplate
  • Illustrated build manual.
  • All fasteners.

Approximately 16 hours assembly for loco (excluding painting).

  • Twin electric horns with relays and fuses £25
  • Additional powder coat colours £30 per colour
  • If you want us to build your loco add £450

All Phoenix Locomotive Kits are supplied with a 12-month warranty.

E&OE Phoenix Locomotives Ltd reserve the right to amend this specification at any time. 26.05.2020

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5 inch Gauge £1,595
7.25 inch Gauge £1,895

All prices include VAT