Diesel 31120, formerly known as Diesel 5538, was a diesel engine who worked on British Railways.


The Railway Series

Diesel 31120 was built by Brush Traction on 2 July, 1959, and formerly had the number 5538, until 1973 when they were renumbered 31120 upon the British Railways TOPS Renumbering scheme. They were later present to take Gordon's passengers at Barrow-in-Furness in 1986, after Gordon's fiery experience when a puncture dampened his fire and narrowly avoided overheating. [1] Diesel 31120 was later retired from service on 27 September, 1991, and scrapped on 7 June, 1994.

Technical Details


Diesel 31120 is based on a British Rail (BR) Class 31 Co-Co diesel-electric engine. Over two-hundred and sixty-three members of this class was built from 1957 and 1962, with twenty-six of these engines preserved by heritage railways, such as the Dean Forest Railway. Ten more of these engines were in preservation but were scrapped from either accidents or to give spare parts to other engines. These engines were given two nicknames, first being "Toffee Apples" because of the shape of their control lever and the second "Skinheads" because the first few engines did not have the codebox on the front of the roof.

Diesel 701 is also based on a BR Class 31.


Originally, Diesel 31120 was painted in the BR Rail Blue livery. They had yellow warning panels on their front and back end. Their buffer beams were painted black with silver buffers. Later on, they were painted in the Railfreight grey with yellow cabs livery. The BR Double Arrow logo was painted on their sides in white. Their buffer beams were painted red with black buffers.


The Railway Series

Companion Volumes


  • Diesel 31120's headcode is "1X01". However, the "X" indicates "Royal Train" or "out-of-gauge load".
  • In The Railway Series, Diesel 31120 does not have a British Railways logo on his sides.


The Railway Series

Main Series

Real Life


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