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Hornby BR 4-6-2 Duke Of Gloucester Class 8 Late BR 1960 R3236

Ref: R3236



Product Details:
Hornby BR 4-6-2 Duke Of Gloucester Class 8 Late BR 1960 R3236

Finish: Pristine
DCC Ready
Livery: BR
Class: 8
Designer: R. A. Riddles CBE
Entered Service: 1954
Detail: Cab and Tender Detail
Motor: 3 Pole with Flywheel
Purpose: Express Passenger
Wheel Configuration: 4-6-2
Dimensions: 290mm
Special Features: Cab detail
Fixed cartazzi wheel assembly
NEM Couplings
Tender Detail

A Brief History

"Footfalls echo in the memory, down the passage we did not take, towards the door we did not open..." (T.S.Elliot). The Duke of Gloucester was a one off Standard Pacific, intended to mark a bright new future for steam. However, the Fiery Duke, as the locomotive was known remained something of an enigma, and being a one off was always an early candidate for withdrawal. The truth was it simply arrived too late in the day, at a time when steam traction was on the decline. In fact after a little bit of tweaking the original design, the locomotive recorded some good performances. Your writer observed it passing Tamworth at speed with a heavy up train in 1960. The next time he saw the locomotive was on Crewe North shed the following year, cutting a very sad sight out of steam and in need of repair and attention.

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