In the 1960s, as QR was phasing out steam locomotives. the need arose for a locomotive that could take over the shunting duties. In 1996, Walkers Ltd produced a 37 tonne diesel hydraulic locomotive designed for shunting. This resulted in an intiial order for a further 54 units, followed by a further 15 units and later an additional three. They remained in service until the late 1980s.
DH59 entered service on 09/09/69 and remained in service with QR until 20/06/94. It was then sold to Emerald Tourist Railway in May 1995 where it is still in use today on the “Puffing Billy” tourist railway.
This On30 model is ready to run. It is powered by two NWSL 1620 can motors, one located in each bogie. There is space in the long hood to fit DCC if preferred. It has been built and painted as it appears in its current role.