BR Class 71 'E5001' - BR Green

BR Class 71 'E5001' - BR Green

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BR Class 71 'E5001' - BR Green

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£169.99

Item Code: R3373

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For more information on the Class 71, please see our Engine Shed article.

The early 1950s were a time of great plans and modern ideas, not least where the railways were concerned, but still recovering from the financial effects of the Second World War, many of these plans had to be implemented in a measured way. Electric traction was seen by the newly nationalised British Rail to be the answer and so attention was focused on new routes in the Southern Region, where third rail electrification had been in place since 1923. Much of BR’s Southern Region passenger traffic could be accommodated by the use of EMUs, but to cover the motive power requirement for 900 ton freight services, as well as the "Night Ferry" and "Golden Arrow" workings, a new electric locomotive was required.

The design specification was based on the experience gained in the previous fifteen years, through the operation of Bulleid’s CC1 & CC2, Class 70 locomotives. By adopting the continental practice of reducing the weight, without sacrificing tractive effort, a smaller engine could be built, resulting in a 750v DC, 77 ton, Bo-Bo locomotive, 24 of which were built by BR’s Doncaster works between 1958 and 1960. Numbered E5000 – E5023 as built (E5000 was subsequently renumbered to E5024 in December 1962), the type was classified by BR Southern Region as HA. To enable operation under the simple catenary wires erected in a number of Kentish yards at that time, a single pantograph was fitted centrally on the roof and a booster system was also fitted, avoiding the problem of ‘gapping’ across short breaks in the conductor rail.

Ten of the class were converted to Class 74 engines in 1967/68, at a time when passenger duties for the Class 71s were being reduced and despite being moved onto extra freight workings, the type was under-utilised. In 1977, it was decided that the Class 33 and 73 Electro-diesels could take over the Class 71’s duties and they were withdrawn from service.

Locomotive 71001 was saved for the National Collection and moved to York, being restored to its original BR Green livery and number, that of E5001. Having worked a number of mainline specials during the 1990s, it was placed on display at Ashford, York and, latterly, Shildon but it can now be seen on display at Barrow Hill in Derbyshire.

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A familiar sight in Dover, at the head of the Golden Arrow, Night Ferry, or Train Ferry workings, there’s plenty of scope for some interesting layout opportunities based around the Kent Coast workings.

 

I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some micro-layouts based around Dover’s Shakespeare Beach…

Paul Isles

Paul Isles

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y Technical Specification & Detail

Gauge 00
Length 203mm
DCC Type DCC Ready
Livery/owner BR Green
Class 71
Detail Double Flywheel Dual Bogie Drive
Motor 5 Pole Skew Wound

Special Features

  • NEM Couplings

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sssss 5

Class 71

A great runner, plenty of features for the lights and lots of detail on the locomotive. I can see me getting another one I the future as its a beauty!

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Perfection.

Short and sweet for this one. Just beautiful in every way. One of Hornbys best. Smooth, powerful and just a real quality item. Buy it, you will not be disappointed.

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Just Quality

In the last year or so I have developed a liking for locomotives that were just before my era as a trainspotter (late 70s). So when Hornby announced the class 71 model it became instantly on my want list. So the blue livered 71012 became my first loco on pre-order. Finally when the model arrived to say I was impressed is an understatement. The finish, detail and running of the loco was just superb out of the box. The only thing that was troubling myself was the livery? Personal choice but couldn't stop thinking Green livery with small yellow panels looks best. So I have gone and purchased a second model so impressed I am with the first. Please keep this level of quality up for future models. A modified tooling inserts version of the Class 74 would be excellent if at all possible?... Read more

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