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Hornby BR 4-4-0 'Brighton' Schools Class Early BR R3208
Designer: R.E.I Maunsell
Entered Service: 1930
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive
Purpose: Express Passenger
Wheel Configuration: 4-4-0
Special Features: Extensive Detail
The livery depicted on this model shows 'Brighton' as it was in June 1953 when the locomotive was used to haul the Royal Train.
A Brief History
The "Schools" class locomotives of locomotives of the Southern Railway were a response to persistent requests from the company's running department for a new, powerful engine to replace elderly pre-Grouping 4-4-0's on both the eastern and western sections of the Southern Railway. Introduced in 1930, the initial design came out too heavy, and a slightly scaled-down version was accepted. In particular the designer Richard Maunsell, took the opportunity to reprofile the cab to fit the restricted clearances of the Tonbridge - Hastings line. The class was named after the schools served by the Southern Railway - the posh schools, that is, not the ones where the normal British riff-raff attend. The Southern Railway even staged visits of each engine to the local station serving the school!
Suitable Coaches for this Loco (subject to availability):
R4447A R4448A R4449A R4450A or R4350/1/2