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Hornby R3125: GWR 2-8-0T Class 52XX '5274'
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George Jackson Churchward CBE, was Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway (GWR) from 1902 until 1922, and during which time he had designed many class leading and innovative locomotives superior to those of other railway companies.
When Charles Benjamin Collett was appointed as the new CME to the GWR in 1922 he inherited these excellent locomotive designs. With rising costs and falling revenue, he decided it was more practical and economic to modify existing locomotive designs rather than create new untried ones.
The 42XX Class had been developed specifically to meet the demand for a locomotive capable of transporting very heavy loads of coal from the coal mines to the ports in South Wales. In 1923 when further locomotives were required, Collett decided to modify the Class 42XX locomotives.
The Class underwent detail alteration and modification, including increased cylinder size to19” x 30” and outside steam pipes resulting in an increased tractive effort. With these modifications the locomotives were reclassified as Class 52XX and continued to be built until 1926.
In 1930 a further batch of 20 were ordered, numbers 5275-94 but by this time coal exports had reduced due to the 'Great Depression'. Rather than lose their skilled workforce GWR completed the order and put the Class into storage at Swindon, due to their heavy coal consumption precluding them from working on other routes. Three of the Class have been preserved.
The locomotive represented in this pack, No.5274 was the last one of lot 233 to be built in 1926 and was later re-built as a Class 72XX.
- Entered Service:
- Number Built:
- Wheel Configuration:
5 Pole Skew Wound
- DCC Ready:
- Extensive Detail
- NEM Couplings