The Drummond 700 Class and the K Type Pullmans
Drummond 700 Class
The Drummond 700 has arrived! After many months of development and some frustrating manufacturing delays, these stunning little locos are starting to make their way to customers and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
Having started work on the Drummond way back in January 2013, it is great to now see it on the shelves, particularly given the challenges involved with the design. With no preserved 700 Class locos in existence we had to rely on drawings, photos and books to design the loco - Mike King and the LSWR circle being particularly helpful, and without whom this may not have been possible!
Drummond 700 First Shots PP Sample
Drummond Decoration PP Samples
Getting the weight distribution correct and placing the motor was especially challenging, we found that the loco would almost skid around the track when we were testing the running samples, so we increased the weight inside the boiler so that it was evenly spread across all three axles which ultimately solved the traction issues.
We also chose to use one of our smaller diameter motors which was placed with minute precision so as to preserve the gap between the wheels and the boiler. We’re really very proud of this and we took on board your comments when we showed you the Decoration samples on Twitter and Facebook back in October last year. We hope that you enjoy the final results.
Take a look at R3238 SR 0-6-0 Drummond 700 Class ‘E 695’ running around our track in the video below:
Designed by Dugald Drummond in 1897 for the London and South Western Railway, the 700 Class was a class of 0-6-0 locomotives designed for freight work. However it was not only freight work that the Drummond 700 was used for. In late May, early June 1940 the Drummond played a key part in Operation Dynamo, when hundreds of thousands of Allied troops were evacuated by a flotilla of boats from the beaches and harbour at Dunkirk, France.
Once the troops arrived back in England, many at Ramsgate, Kent (just down the road from Hornby HQ) they were placed on hastily rostered trains - many of them Class 700s, and transferred to various bases around Britain. To commemorate this crucial role played in the evacuation, we have produced a limited edition train pack featuring a Southern Railway Drummond 700 locomotive and three Maunsell coaches.
All-Steel K Type Pullman Cars
This week also sees the release of the highly anticipated All-Steel K Type Pullman Cars. We visited Bluebell Railway on a sunny September day back in 2013 armed with something particularly special – and it wasn’t our researcher’s herbal tea! It was in fact a set of state-of-the-art LIDAR 3D laser scanning cameras. We’ve spoken about 3D scanning in the past and you may have seen the video of the Class 71 being scanned, but these Pullmans were in fact the first vehicles to be laser scanned by Hornby.
Original LIDAR scan of a Pullman car
Preliminary CAD image of the Pullman cars
Decoration scheme for Pullman Car no 72
The late 1920s saw a new age of railway coach building, with new building practices and manufacturing techniques replacing the traditional approach of British railway companies. At a time when virtually all the railway companies were running wooden framed rolling stock constructed using traditional techniques, the Pullman Company were pushing ahead with sophisticated construction methods.
The all-steel K Type design appeared in 1928 and the coaches were precision built unit assemblies, quickly put together, with the interiors being fixed in place without the need for hand fitting, the very essence of what was to be later known as “the synthesis of art and industry”. The 33 cars built by Metropolitan Cammell, whilst possessing the familiar slab sided profile and livery of their predecessors, were panelled in steel sheeting and featured larger picture windows, along with improved interior decoration. Armchairs were newly designed, being more generously proportioned and the excesses of the Art Deco period were reigned back, resulting in a more graceful elegance to the décor. The naming convention was also changed for the First Class cars, moving away from the classical inspired, to more English inspired female names.
Although a number of cars entered into service with the GWR, it was with the LNER’s Queen of Scots service that the majority of the cars entered into traffic, indeed, it was at Sir Ralph Wedgewood’s continued behest that Pullman entered into the new design. At the inaugural run of the Queen of Scots on July 9, 1928, two sets of eight cars were complete and ready for the paying public to admire.
The way these coaches have turned out we think is a testament to the new technology being used in modern product design and we can’t thank the wonderful people at Bluebell Railway enough for their efforts and help with allowing us access to the preserved coaches – without this access, this level of detail simply couldn’t have been achieved.
The 3D scanning of the coaches wasn’t the only first in in the development of this project, we also took the opportunity to redesign the lighting features we include in this type of high detail coach. They now include an individual LED for each table lamp and have capacitors to improve lighting performance whilst the coach is running over points/dead parts of track. What do you think of the new lighting? They add a certain mood to a layout don’t they?
Will the Drummond 700 be on your layout? What do you think of them and the K Type Pullman coaches? Let us know on The Engine Shed Forum, or on Facebook and Twitter with #HornbyEngineShed. Also be sure to let us know of anything you’d like to see covered in our fortnightly blog, we’ve got some really exciting subjects planned but we’re sure we can squeeze something else in!
P.S. In case you missed it, don't forget the 700's starring role in the latest Train Hopper...
Until next time, happy modelling!
The Engine Shed Team
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