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Class 71

Presenting a newly tooled locomotive for 2016 - the Class 71

The British Rail Class 71 Electric Locomotive is a Bo-Bo configuration engine which was built at the British Rail Doncaster works between 1958 and 1960, for mixed-traffic service on Southern Region’s Kent Coast Main Line. This highly detailed model has been developed from state-of-the-art 3D laser scanning of the sole remaining preserved Class 71 locomotive, number E5001 from the National Railway Museum.

Hornby Class 71
Hornby Class 71
Hornby Class 71
Hornby Class 71
Hornby Class 71
Hornby Class 71

Special features include:

- 5 pole skew wound motor with double flywheel dual bogie drive
- Removable front valance panel to cover the NEM coupling
- Accurate running light modes and cab lighting
- Changeable headcodes
- Functional pantograph


The Class 71 was only able to work on the third rail power system, which ultimately limited its operational scope for passenger and freight work. Due to safety problems when working in sidings, where coupling and uncoupling necessitated work near the third rail, a pantograph was also fitted to allow overhead power to be used in some yards. Despite this restriction the engines worked high profile routes, notably the Night Ferry and the Golden Arrow.

hornby Class 71

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