Prototype: Belgian State Railways (SNCB/NMBS) class 59. Later version of the original class 201.
Model: The locomotive comes with controlled high-efficiency propulsion, an mfx decoder, a horn sound effects module. 2 axles powered. Traction tires. The headlights / marker lights are maintenance-free LED's. The dual headlights and red marker lights change over with the direction of travel. They will work in conventional operation and can be controlled digitally. The overhang on the locomotive is different in length as on the prototype. The locomotive has separately applied handrails and air intake grills. Length over the buffers 18.6 cm / 7-5/16".
Export model for Belgium.
Long-Lived General-Purpose Diesel - At the beginning of the 1950s the SNCB was looking for alternatives to steam motive power. The new locomotives had to be suitable for branch lines that were not economical to electrify as well as for main lines during the transition period until the latter had usable catenary. At that time the only reliable information about the broad use of powerful diesel locomotives was available in the United States. The introduction of diesel motive power on the SNCB therefore ended up by necessity in a cooperative venture between the American locomotive builders and the Belgian railroaders. At the end of 1953 SNCB awarded a contract for 55 four-axle class 201 locomotives to be built in the John Cockerill plant in Seraing. They were designed for the lighter traffic routes on the northern plains of Sambre and Maas and were equipped with a Baldwin motor. The first regular production locomotive was delivered in December of 1954. The last of these long-lived locomotives was still pulling work trains in June of 2002 for the construction of the high-speed routes in France and Belgium. These units were given a green paint scheme with yellow decorative striping as well as additional steps under the headlights in middle of the 1960s.