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The unique and awesome BR Standard Class 8 'Duke of Gloucester' locomotive really does show off its power when linked to the totally new Hornby Mk1 coaches included in this pack. The 'Duke' as well as the coaches have been specifically designed and produced using the latest CAD/CAM techniques to ensure that both locomotive and coaches are perfectly matched. The coaches are fitted with metal wheels and liveried to a high standard and are a perfect complement to the 'Duke of Gloucester'.
Train Pack Contains:
- BR Class 8 'Duke of Gloucester'
- BR Mk1 Composite Coach
- BR Mk1 Corridor Second
- BR Mk1 Brake Second
The aftermath of the disastrous crash at Harrow & Wealdstone in 1952 left a gap in the ranks of 'Pacific' type steam locomotives operated by the London Midland Region of British Railways. Robert A. Riddles, the incumbent Chief Mechanical Engineer, and member of the Railway Executive took the opportunity to design a new class of locomotive based on his earlier Standard 'Britannia' Class 7 4-6-2. The new locomotive was the prototype BR Standard Class 8, fitted with British Caprotti valve gear and, unlike all other BR Standard locomotives, was equipped with three cylinders each measuring 18"x 28". The 70 feet long locomotive weighed in at 101tons 5cwt and the tender at 53tons 14cwt. Designed at Derby and built at Crewe the locomotive entered traffic in 1954 and was named 'Duke of Gloucester'.
Unfortunately there were fundamental design errors and undetected deviations from the original design during construction which contributed to the disappointing performance of the locomotive. The announcement of the Modernisation Plan in 1955 meant that no more of the class was constructed and 71000 remained a unique locomotive. Throughout its short eight year life the locomotive worked in and out of London Euston on Anglo Scottish express including the Midday Scot and on occasions could be seen working as far north as Perth. It also worked the Irish Mail to Holyhead during the 1950s but towards the end of its working life spent much of its time on more mundane duties between Crewe and Holyhead.
Withdrawn in 1962 the locomotive was stored at Crewe North Shed, followed by periods at Crewe Works and Crewe South Shed before being sold for scrap in 1967 to Woodham Bros at Barry in South Wales. The locomotive was purchased for preservation in 1974 and underwent 12 years of restoration to full working order. It was officially re-commissioned and re-named on 11th November 1986 by HRH Duke of Gloucester and returned to the main line in 1990. During this time the design and construction issues were rectified, resulting in a vastly improved performance, especially over its old stamping ground of Shap and Beattock. After a second overhaul, completed in 2004, 71000 returned to the main line and covered routes mainly in the south of England though it did venture occasionally as far north as Edinburgh. The locomotive is now currently on display at the Crewe Heritage Centre awaiting its third overhaul.
- DCC Ready: DCC Ready
- Livery: BR
- Finish: Pristine
Detailed scale model. Not suitable for children under 14 years. Please refer to safety notes in enclosed instruction leaflet. Colours and contents may differ from those illustrated. Please retain these details and the address for future reference.