Hornby R3325 BR 0-6-0T J50 Class - Early BR

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Length 152mm

DCC Type DCC Ready

Livery Early BR

Class J50

Designer Sir Nigel Gresley

Entered Service 1913

Motor 5 Pole

Purpose Freight and Shunting Duties

Wheel Configuration 0-6-0T

Special Features

Removable coal load

Sprung Buffers

The Gresley designed J50 Class eventually comprised 102 locomotives, with design variations such as brakes, driving positions, boilers and bunker sizes resulting in four class parts. Serving across the LNER from Eastfield in Scotland, to Cambridge, where there was hard work to be done, a J50 was invariably on hand to do it.

Built new in 1922 and 1924, twenty locomotives of the LNER J50 Class utilised a stock of second hand standard 4’ 5” boilers, becoming J50/2 and by 1926 had become the company’s Group Standard type. Fifty two more locomotives were built, thirty eight at Doncaster Works as J50/3 and fourteen at Gorton, as J50/4, between 1926 and 1939. The thirty GNR J23 locomotives from1914-1919 were eventually re-classified by the LNER as J50/1s.

In 1946, the class received their LNER re-numbering from 8890 to 8991, all surviving to Nationalisation to receive their British Rail numbering in the 60000 range.

Withdrawals started in September 1958 and was completed by 1963, with six being transferred to Departmental use afterwards. These locomotives survived until around May 1965, No. 68961 Departmental No.14 being the last to go in September 1965.

One of the Gorton built J50/4 locomotives, 68987 left the Works in May 1939 as LNER 585. In 1952, it was one of thirty J50s that were sent to Hornsey, where they displaced J52 and N1 tank engines on the transfer trips to the Southern Region via the Widened Lines. 68987 was finally withdrawn from service on April 24, 1962.

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