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The GWRs Dukedog class was created in the 1930s in response to the need for new locomotives with a low axle load for several important secondary routes where the pre-grouping locomotives were becoming worn out. This makes the Dukedog an excellent choice of 'large' engine for any GWR branchline model railway.9018 will be painted in the BR standard mixed traffic black livery with early emblem with a weathered finish.
The classic Great Western branchline engine, the 45xx class 2-6-2T were small but powerful locomotives able to run fast in either direction. Bachmann have produced a very good and smooth running model of these popular engines which remained in service until the end of steam on the Western region.
GWR 5526 represents the enlarged version of the class with extra water tank capacity and carries the early 1930's green livery with Great Western lettering.
The 45xx class 2-6-2 prairie tank engines formed the backbone of the GWR branchline motive power fleet. These were surprisingly powerful locomotives, later classified 3MT by BR, easily capable of hauling branchline-sized passenger and goods trains.
Bachmanns' model is a well detailed replica of the class with good slow-running performance.
4571 is one of the original design locomotives with flat-topped side tanks painted British Railways lined green livery with early emblems.
3206 is modelled in as built condition complete with Earl of Plymouth nameplates.Model equipped with factory fitted DCC sound system.Era 3 (1936-1948)
Note - Scale model, suitable for radius 2 curves and larger.
The Hornby Castle class is fitted with a five pole motor and simple mechanism resulting in fantastic performance. DCC users are catered for via an 8 pin socket inside the tender with space for a speaker to be fitted. This model features special packaging as part of its position in the celebration of the centenary of the Grouping Act coming into affect, resulting in the start of the 'Big Four' era.
This model is fitted with a 3 pole motor and simple gearing, proving to be a reliable runner on any layout and its railroad specification makes it ideal as a starter model.
The Hornby Castle class is fitted with a five pole motor and simple mechanism resulting in fantastic performance. DCC users are catered for via an 8 pin socket inside the tender with space for a speaker to be fitted.
In 1923, the railways in the UK were rationalised into four big companies - the grouping. The GWR remained almost unchanged and locomotive development unaffected. Dean at the beginning of the 20th century, then Churchward, Collett and Hawksworth were Chief Mechanical Engineers who developed the GWR loco with its unique style. On nationalisation in 1947 GWR loco's were the only ones to retain their pre-nationalisation numbers.
Great Western Railway locomotives were generally very successful and many remained in service almost untouched through the years from nationalisation in 1947 until the end of steam traction. A Castle 4-6-0 sending up a column of smoke as it slipped and struggled to pull a heavy South Wales express away from Swindon was quite a sight.