Hornby R3126X: Late BR 2-8-0T 52XX

Manufacturer's Description

George Jackson Churchward CBE, was Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Great Western Railway (GWR) from 1902 until 1922, 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 to 19" 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The locomotive represented here, No. 5243, was outshopped from Swindon on the 31st August 1924 and withdrawn from Shed 86E Severn Tunnel Junction on 30th November 1964. The locomotive was cut up by Buttigiegs, Newport on 28th February 1965.

  • Class: 52XX
  • Designer: G.J Churchward
  • Entered Service: 1925
  • Number Built: 40
  • Purpose: Heavy Coal
  • Wheel Configuration: 2-8-0T
  • Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
  • DCC Ready: DCC Fitted
  • Finish: Pristine

Special Features

  • Extensive Detail
  • NEM Couplings


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