Bachmann 31-088 Collett 32xx Earl Class 4-4-0 BR Unlined Black Early Crest 9028
In December 1929, 32xx class Duke No.3265 Tre Pol and Pen was withdrawn and the cylinders and motion, together with a spare Duke boiler and smokebox, were fitted to the frames and cab of 33xx class Bulldog no. 3365 Charles Grey Mott. The rebuilt locomotive, which was one of the last classes to retain outside frames, retained the name and number of the Duke and, because of their parentage, the class was soon nicknamed ‘Dukedogs’. This rebuild resulted in a lower axle weight than the Bulldogs enabling this class to work on the Cambrian Line, particularly over the wooden Barmouth Bridge.
From 1936 a further twenty-nine of the Dukes were withdrawn, converted and given the classification 32xx ‘Earl’ class. The first 12 carried the names of Earls but there were, apparently, complaints from the members of the peerage concerned at their names being used on such small and unimpressive engines. Following this, the aristocratic names were quickly removed and transferred to ‘Castle’ class engines!
They started to be replaced by 2-6-0s and ‘Manors’ during WW11 so no more were converted and withdrawals soon started. Only ten survived into BR ownership at Nationalisation in 1948 (by this time they had been renumbered in the 90xx series) and all were finally withdrawn by 1961.
One loco, No.9017, has been preserved and, at the time of writing, is at the Bluebell Railway in Sussex. It has now been united with its originally intended aristocratic nameplates ‘Earl of Berkeley’.
This model is in BR unlined black with the early crest which dates it to between Nationalisation in 1948 and when it was scrapped in 1957. This particular loco was built in Nov.1939 and was the last one to be built (from 3256 & 3429). It was numbered 3228 before the 1946 renumbering to 9028 and was withdrawn for scrapping in Sept.1957.
Collett 32xx Earl Class 4-4-0 BR Unlined Black Early Crest 9028
- UPC: 803393040420
- Reward Points: 106
- Brand: Bachmann
- Product Code: 31-088
- Ex Tax: £106.25