Bachmann 31-147DS

GCR 11F 502 'Zeebrugge' GCR Lined Green

Manufacturer catalogue image

Prototype Era
Era 2 (1875 to 1922) Pre-grouping

Manufacturer description

Class 11F 502 'Zeebrugge' Great Central Railway Lined Green

Built: 1919 – 1924

Built for: GCR (absorbed by the LNER)

Designed by: John G. Robinson

Duties: mixed traffic

Wheels: 4-4-0

Highlights

• Sound Fitted

GCR built D11/1 variant

• Adjustable tender draw-bar length

• Sprung buffers

• Hinged tender fall-plate

• Removable coal load with empty coal space modelled below

• Etched name and number plates

History

The Class D11 came into being as a result of the success of Robinson’s D10 ‘Director’ Class (GCR Class 11E). In 1917, Robinson built his B3 ‘Lord Faringdon’ 4-6-0s, but they never quite matched the renown of the Director Class. As such, the decision was taken to order a batch of five 4-4-0 locomotives similar in design to the D10s. The locomotives received the classification of D11 (GCR Class 11F) and became known as the ‘Improved Directors’. They were named after GCR Directors, Royalty & WW1 battles and the first batch was delivered between 1919 and 1920. A further six were built in 1922 due to their popularity.

On its creation in January 1923, the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) found itself short of express passenger trains. As an urgent solution, Gresley took the decision to build additional locomotives of the D11.To fit within the restricted North British Railway loading gauge, the original Robinson design was modified to include lower cabs and boiler fittings. They also received a Gresley chimney and a flatter dome, but were not fitted with the original GCR water pick up apparatus. The original GCR Class D11s were classified as D11/1 and the NBR locomotives as D11/2.Twenty-four D11/2 locomotives were delivered over five months during 1924, carrying names of characters from the works of Scottish author, Sir Walter Scott.

Withdrawals of the locomotives only began in 1958 but were rapid, with the last of the D11/1s disappearing in December 1960 and the final D11/2 being taken from the tracks at the beginning of 1962. The Class D11 is widely acknowledged as Robinson’s most successful express passenger design.

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Bachmann
Range:
Branchline
Product Code:
31-147DS
GTIN:
803393054434
RRP:
£295.95
Release date:
2018

Model details

DCC status
DCC Sound Fitted
Finish
Pristine
Livery
Lined Green
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
Name
Zeebrugge
Running number
502

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
Great Central Railway 11F "Improved Director"
Operator
Great Central Railway
Motive power
Steam
Wheel arrangement
4-4-0
Designer
John Robinson
Built
1919-1924
Total produced
35

* Class names often change over the lifespan of a locomotive, so this is not necessarily the class name used by the operator in the period modelled.

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