Hornby R3435 SR 4-6-2 Royal Mail 21C3 Merchant Navy Class (Un-Rebuilt)

Product code: AA7234
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Gauge 00

DCC Type DCC Ready

Livery/owner SR Malachite Green

Class Merchant Navy

Designer Oliver Bulleid

Age Suitability 14+

Purpose Express Passenger

Wheel Configuration 4-6-2

Special Features

Cab detail

DCC Decoder Socket in Tender

NEM Couplings

Conceived in 1937 when Oliver Bulleid became Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway, the Merchant Navy Class represented Bulleid’s vision for a quick accelerating, mixed traffic 4-6-2 locomotive, equally capable of hauling passenger services (such as the Golden Arrow and Atlantic Coast Expresses), or freight workings, to a speed of around 75mph. Mainly designed from the Brighton Works Drawing Office, under C.S Cocks, Bulleid, always aware of practical applications and costing implications, ensured that the best design practices of the time were applied to the new locomotive. Like his mentor, Nigel Gresley, Bulleid was a technically arrogant CME, an advocate of locomotives being driven hard and to brisk schedules and this materialised in his design ideas.

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