Hornby R30086

British Railways, Peppercorn Class A1, 4-6-2, 60163 ‘Tornado’ - Era 11

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Prototype Era
Era 11 (2016 to 2021) Current Era

Manufacturer description

In 1990 a group of like-minded people came together in the belief that they could construct from new, a Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific locomotive. The first steam locomotive built in the United Kingdom since 'Evening Star' in 1960 and it would be built to meet modern safety and certification standards to enable it to run on mainline connected heritage railways. After a period of nearly 20 years the dream became a reality on the 29th July 2008 when locomotive No. 60163 'Tornado' moved under its own power at Darlington. With a 4-6-2 wheel configuration, 'Tornado' is 72' 11 3/4" (22.24m) long, 9' 2 7/8" (2.82m) wide, 13' (3.96m) high, one inch lower than the original A1s in order to meet current Network Rail OLE requirements. The locomotive weights 105.2 long tons and the tender weights 60.9 long tons and is capable of a top speed of 100mph (160km/h) but is at present certificated to 75mph (121km/h). The boiler, based on the original Diagram 118, has a pressure of 250psi, is 6'5" (1.96m) in diameter by 29'2" (8.89m) in length which powers three 19" x 26" (480mm x 660mm) cylinders. The frames of the original 49 Class A1 Pacifics (built between 1948 - 1949, withdrawn and scrapped by 1966) were cut from two pieces of steel then welded together. However, modern manufacturing techniques enable the 48'5" long steel frame of 'Tornado' to be electronically cut from a single piece of steel, creating a very strong and stable frame. During construction some adjustments were also made to the tender, increasing the water capacity from 5,000 to 6,000 gallons and reducing the coal capacity from 9 to 7.5 tons. Since it entered traffic in 2008 'Tornado' has worn various liveries, starting with 'Workshop' grey. After mainline trials it was liveried in LNER Apple Green, applied in the traditional way by hand at the NRM paint shop. In 2010 it was re-liveried into BR Brunswick Green, with different BR logo changes during the following two years.

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Hornby
Product Code:
R30086
RRP:
£104.99
Release date:
2021

Model details

Colour
Green
DCC status
DCC Ready 8 pin socket
Finish
Pristine
Livery
Lined Green with Late Crest
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
Motor
3 pole & flywheel
Gauge
OO
Running number
60163

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
Peppercorn A1
Operator
A1 Steam Locomotive Trust
Motive power
Steam
Wheel arrangement
4-6-2
Max speed
100 mph
Designer
A1 Steam Locomotive Trust
Built
1948-1949
Total produced
50

* 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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