Hornby R3010 SR 4-6-0 Sir Sagramore King Arthur N15 Class

Product code: AA5394
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Finish: Pristine

DCC Type: DCC Ready

Livery: SR

Class: N15

Designer: R.W. Urie

Entered Service: 1918

Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive

Purpose: Express Passenger

Wheel Configuration: 4-6-0

Dimensions: 270mm

Special Features: Extensive Detail, NEM Couplings

The N15 Class introduced in 1918 was also known as the King Arthur Class because the locomotives were named after persons and places associated with the legend of King Arthur and the Round Table. This Class of 2 cylinder 4-6-0 passenger steam locomotives proved to be one of the most successful during the Post Grouping Era of 1928 – 1948, with 74 locomotives being built during this time.

The whole Class was built in a total of six batches. Robert W. Urie designed the ‘Arthurs’ with the first two batches being built at the London & South Western Railways Eastleigh Works between 1918 – 19 and 1922 – 23. Carrying the characteristics of Urie’s stove pipe chimney, Drummond style of cab and inspired by the shape of the H15, the first batches of locomotives became known as ‘Urie Arthurs’.

Upon assuming the position of C. M. E. of the Southern Railway, Richard E. L. Maunsell built a third batch of ten locomotives at the Eastleigh Works and these became known as the ‘Eastleigh Arthurs’. Maunsell’s batch incorporated a small number of significant modifications including changes in the draft, valve gear, chimney, blastpipe and an overall increase in boiler pressure that significantly improved the performance.

In 1924 two more batches were ordered from the Scottish based North British Locomotive Company. These 30 locomotives, referred to as ‘Scottish Arthurs’ were built to the Southern Railways new composite loading gauge and were connected to eight wheel bogie tenders, which had a 5,000 imperial gallon capacity.

The last batch of 15 locomotives were built at Eastleigh between 1926 – 27 and adopted a six wheel 3,500 imperial gallon tender. Despite the order the batch was never completed with the last locomotive being replaced by the prototype of the Lord Nelson Class of locomotives.

Having proved to be one of the greatest designs of its day, the King Arthur Class combined reliability with impressive performance. However, the introduction of electrification plus the Lord Nelson Class and ultimately the Bulleid Pacifics locomotives all hastened the N15s departure with the entire Class being withdrawn by 1962. Only one of the Class, No. 30777, ‘Sir Lamiel’ is preserved.

Locomotive no. 771, ‘Sir Sagramore’ was built by the North British Locomotive Company and outshopped in June 1925 and was fitted with smoke deflectors in October 1928. ‘Sir Sagramore’ was a Maunsell ‘Scottish Arthur’ and was coupled to a Urie 8 wheel bogie tender in July 1932. The locomotive spent its formative years based at Battersea but in later years ‘Sir Sagramore’ was stationed at Dover, Nine Elms and eventually Bournemouth from where in February 1961 it was withdrawn from service and eventually scrapped.

This exquisitely detailed Hornby model is powered by a 5 pole skew wound motor and is paired with an 8 wheel bogie tender in which houses a connecting socket for a DCC Decoder.

Please note - this locomotive was incorrectly illustrated without smoke deflectors in the Hornby 2014 catalogue.

Safety Notice

Detailed scale model. Not suitable for children under 14 years. Please refer to safety notes in enclosed instruction leaflet. Colours and contents may differ from those illustrated. Please retain these details and the address for future reference.

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