BR, Class 71, Bo-Bo, 'E5022' BR Green - Era 6

BR, Class 71, Bo-Bo, 'E5022' BR Green - Era 6


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BR, Class 71, Bo-Bo, 'E5022' BR Green - Era 6


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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 In 1977, it was decided that the Class 33 and 73 Electro-diesels could take over the Class 71’s duties and they were withdrawn from service.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 E5022 was re-numbered as E5006 in September 1968, to take up the gap in numbering caused by the withdrawal of locomotives for conversion to Class 74. Under the TOPS renumbering system, the locomotive took on the number 71006 and was finally withdrawn in November 1977, being scrapped at Cashmore’s in Newport during August 1978.


Hornby is a household name and is famous as the UK's brand leader in the model railway hobby with its high quality 00 gauge (1:76) models and accessories.

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

Hornby Researcher

y Technical Specification & Detail

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

Special Features

  • NEM Couplings

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A Class act

A Class act and a welcome addition for Southern Region modellers. It captures the shape of the real thing perfectly, the panto-graph is a work of art - well done Hornby your research and design team have created a cracking model. The fit and finish is top notch, the motor is smooth and powerful and the haulage capabilities are amazing. The lighting is superb - just the right intensity. It's worth noting that if you are hauling stock, the tail lights can be switched off via a switch on the locos underside - a nice touch.

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