The LNER built up a fleet of 56 Sentinel locomotives forming classes Y1 single gear ratio shunting engines and Y3 with 2-speed gearboxes, low gear for shunting and high gear for travelling along running lines. The locomotives could be found all over the LNER network from London to Hawick and Lowestoft to Wrexham and Ayr, Duties were usually shunting in smaller goods yards, along dock quaysides and in engineers depots. The two-speed locos could also be found on main and branch lines, running station to station with short pickup-goods trains.
68164 worked from Wrexham (LNER) and later Shrewsbury (WR) sheds during the British Railways era, being withdrawn from service in 1957.Model
FeaturesDie-cast running plateDie-cast chassisDie-cast profiled wheelsHigh level of separately applied detailGlowing fire effectRemovable cab roof for ease of fitting and posing crew figuresSprung metal buffers and articulated screw couplingDCC Ready (21 pin decoder required). DCC fitted and DCC sound options available.
The Sentinel company produced a highly successful line of steam road lorries using an efficient vertical boiler, compact engine unit and geared drive. These standard parts were adapted to produce a railway shunting locomotive with the boiler mounted in the cab and engine unit mounted above the frames, enclosed and well protected from grit and dirt. Drive was by roller chains to both axles, with the axlebox spacing being adjusted to take up slack. The compact locomotive was surprisingly powerful, quite capable of shunting small yards, industrial sites, docks and engineering depots. A Sentinel could be operated by one man and dual gear options were available for faster 'mainline' running (up to 36mph), the LNER training travelling shunters to act as 'secondman' on running lines.
The GWR, LMS and LNER all tested Sentinels for light shunting duties in small goods yards, engineering depots and branch line duties. The LMS purchasing four dual geared locos and the LNER a total of 56, a mix of single gear 'shunting only' class Y1 and dual geared class Y3 locomotives.
Models announced November 2017 with CAD well advanced and tooling expected to commence early in 2018. Delivery anticipated autumn/winter 2018.