Hornby R3086 Railroad Gresley A1 Class 4-6-2 LNER Green 4472 'Flying Scotsman'
In April 1922, H.N. Gresley (later Sir Nigel Gresley), Locomotive Superintendent of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) built at Doncaster the first of his celebrated Pacific class of express passenger locomotives – 1471 ‘Great Northern’ – class A1. It created quite a stir being the first loco designed as a Pacific (the GWR’s ‘Great Bear’ was really only an elongated 4-6-0) and was followed by one more before the grouping in 1923 - 1471 ‘Sir Frederick Banbury’. The next ten were built between February and July 1923, the first one of this batch was, of course, the world famous 1472 ‘Flying Scotsman’ (LNER 4472/103, BR 60103) which was, in 1934, the first loco on the railways in Britain to officially travel at 100mph. A further 40 were built in 1924/5, 20 by Doncaster and 20 by the North British Locomotive Co.
Following the comparative tests with a GWR ‘Castle’ class in 1925, which showed up the shortcomings of the short travel valve gear and low boiler pressure on the A1s, 4477 ‘Gay Crusader was given long travel valves and, in 1927, two further locos were given high pressure boilers (increased from 180 to 220lbs). These modifications proved so successful that all further 27 Pacifics were built to this design between 1928 and 1935, were re-classified as A3s and known as Super Pacifics. One of the A3s, 2750 ‘Papyrus’, shares the world speed record for a non streamlined loco with a French 4-6-2 compound Pacific when it achieved 108 mph in March 1935. The A1s were slowly converted as they came into the works for repair starting in 1939 and completed after Nationalisation at the end of 1948.
They were first used for express passenger services on the East Coast main line but in later days could be seen all over the system and, in the early 1960s, with the onset of dieselisation, on freight duties.
The last modification to the A3s was started in 1958 when double chimneys and Kylchap blast pipes were fitted. This improved their performance so much that they could, and did, stand in for the A4s on express passenger but it caused problems with the softer exhaust drifting down over the driver’s cabs and obscuring their vision. This was overcome by fitting German style smoke deflectors which considerably altered their appearance.
Unbelievably, none were selected for preservation in the National Collection but Mr Alan Pegler, who was employed by BR, bought ‘Flying Scotsman’ straight out of service but, after a number of owners and travels around the world, she has been purchased by the NRM at York.
This model is in LNER green which would have been carried by 'Flying Scotsman' after the grouping in 1923 until she was repainted black during WW2. The loco itself was converted to an A3 in Jan.1947.
Railroad Gresley A1 Class 4-6-2 LNER Green 4472 'Flying Scotsman'
- UPC: 5010963430863
- Reward Points: 66
- Brand: Hornby
- Product Code: R3086
- Ex Tax: £83.33