BR 4-6-2 'Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S.' Princess Coronation Class (Modified) Late BR Red - Era 5

BR 4-6-2 'Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S.' Princess Coronation Class (Modified) Late BR Red - Era 5

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BR 4-6-2 'Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S.' Princess Coronation Class (Modified) Late BR Red - Era 5

£204.99

Item Code: R3555

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The story of the Princess Coronation Class is one of split personalities and purposes and represents the difference in opinions and attitudes between design on the one hand, and perceived cost savings on the other.

The original streamlined form of the class arose from tests by the London Midland Scottish Railway’s Research Department on Stanier’s development of the Princess Royal class locomotives. Stanier was said to be ambivalent about the economic value of streamlining, but was aware of the publicity value of such a design. When the opportunity to produce five conventional versions of the Coronation Pacific as a comparison to the streamlined version arose, Stanier was quoted as saying, “They can have their streamliners if they b***** want them, but we will also build them five proper ones”.

Those first five conventional locomotives were 6230 Duchess of Buccleuch to 6234 Duchess of Abercorn and colloquially they were known as Duchesses, after the first of this sub-class. Appearing in 1938 with a single chimney and without smoke deflectors, it is this form that many purists regard as the finest Pacific locomotive produced. The next four Duchesses to appear were 6249-6252 in 1944 and they emerged from works with a double chimney. Originally ordered as streamlined, the demands of maintaining the streamlined form exceeded the cost savings in coal and so they emerged from works without the casing, but with streamlined tenders (which had been completed before that decision was taken). In 1946 the next three Duchesses, 6253-6255,differed in appearance again, this time the curved fall plate at the front was replaced by a split platform and smoke deflectors were fitted. The final ‘as new’ produced Duchesses were 6256 and 46257 (as it appeared straight into British Railways ownership) and these were modified designs by Ivatt, featuring a different cab, pony truck, reversing gear and roller bearings.

The process of de-streamlining (or defrocking as the fitters called it) the remaining engines began with 6235 City of Birmingham in April 1946, with 6243 City of Lancaster being the last in May 1949. Because the smokeboxes were angled down between the chimney and door to accommodate the sweep of the streamlined casing, upon defrocking they retained this look, being referred to as semi-streamlined by enthusiasts of the time. Eventually the raked smokeboxes were replaced with conventional smokeboxes, so that by late 1958 the majority of the fleet showed a similar appearance, although all the defrocked locomotives had the split platform ‘utility’ front end.

Withdrawal of the class commenced in December 1962 and by October 1964 all had been withdrawn. Fortunately, three locomotives were saved for preservation; 6229 Duchess of Hamilton, 6233 Duchess of Sutherland and 6235 City of Birmingham.

46256 Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S, along with 46257 City of Salford, was the final, and ultimate build of the ‘Duchesses’, being built at Crewe and entering traffic at Crewe North on December 13, 1947. Alternating spells between Crewe and Camden continued until final withdrawal in December 1963.

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y Technical Specification & Detail

Gauge 00
DCC Type DCC Ready
Period Era 5 (1956 - 1968)
Operator/Livery BR (Red)
Class Princess Coronation
Designer Sir William Stanier
Motor 5 Pole Skew Wound
Wheel Configuration 4-6-2

Special Features

  • NEM Couplings

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sssss 5
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Great Loco

Received this on Monday. The detail is exceptional well worth the money. A recommended buy if you can get one.

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Sir William A Stanier lives!

Received direct from Hornby after a considerable wait - but it was worth it. Run in on rollers on analogue - perfect. Fitted DCC decoder (easy) - perfect and near silent. Now - lets fit the drawbar between the tender and the loco in its closer position to lessen the gap between the two. Oh dear, the drawbar now fouls the 4 pin tender plug. But Hornby were helpful and a different design of drawbar was posted to me without delay. Now to see how it runs on my layout. Some issues here. The fixed rear bogie axle has insufficient vertical movement to accommodate changes in track gradient - it causes the driving wheels to lift from the track! Some dismantling and judicious use of a needle file cured that! Then the front bogey was prone to derail over some medium radius points. Some careful adjustment of the bogey mounting spring cured that! So now I have a very desirable locomotive, which runs silently and smoothly over all my track. Impressive! Now to add sound, firebox flicker, crew...... Read more

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sssss 5

One of Hornby's best steamers! Must buy

I never really like the Princess Coronation Class of steam locomotives. However shortly after Hornby announced this last year at Warley and once I learned about the Ivatt version of it, it was an instant pre-order. I received my model on 5th of November and instantly the amount of detail hits you. The model is an absolute stunning replica of the real thing. Smooth as silk, heavy in weight and heavy on detail. It's a must have, if you can get one..buy one! You won't regret it.

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