R3131 Hornby LNER A4 Class steam locomotive 4-6-2 "Great Snipe"

R3131 Hornby LNER A4 Class steam locomotive 4-6-2 "Great Snipe"
R3131 Hornby LNER A4 Class steam locomotive 4-6-2 "Great Snipe"
Brand: Hornby
Product Code: R3131
Reward Points: 123
Availability: Sold out
Price: £144.99 £123.45
Price in reward points: 12345
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1930s Britain was a place in which luxury, glamour and boundary pushing were all revered and admired, and the railway companies of this era were just as enamoured with these ideas as any industry.  Stiff competition existed between them and none more so than that between LNER and LMS, operating main lines on different sides of the country and both wanting to corner the lucrative London to Scotland traffic. LNER’s Chief Mechanical Engineer, Nigel Gresley, adapted the A3 design knowing that the new locomotives would need to be capable of hauling eight or nine carriages at high speed. The LNER’s Class A4 Express Pacific locomotive epitomised the fascination of the time with its streamlined, aerodynamic casing designed to optimise the locomotive’s power and speed. During this decade the world speed record for steam locomotion was being continually broken and in June 1937 the British record was held by LMS at 114mph.  LNER, determined to regain its earlier record, pulled together a crew with a reputation for running trains hard.  The crew were to run the first A4 to be fitted with the Kylchap double-exhaust pipe but the record attempt was not mentioned until they were on-board.  On 3rd July 1938 an LNER locomotive, “Mallard”, reached speeds of 126mph, breaking not only the British record but also the world record.  The record remains unbroken to this day. The Coronation service, which was operated by LNER between London and Edinburgh, began in 1937 to mark King George VI’s Coronation.  Their earlier streamlined trains had received much publicity in their silver livery and so a great deal of consideration was given to achieve an appropriately regal feel to their service’s livery.  The decision, following numerous trials, was Garter Blue with wheels or Coronation Red.

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It is DCC ready, so it will run on your normal model railway. If you want DCC, you will have to insert a chip into it.
 
The postage an packaging for this model will be £3.95 second class signed for and £4.10 first class signed for. Mixed with other items the postage costs may rise.
 
 

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