Hornby R3531

BR, M7 Class, 0-4-4T, 30129 - Era 5

Manufacturer catalogue image - please note that pre-release images may be CAD renders or CGI images rather than photographs

Prototype Eras
Era 4 (1948 to 1956) British Railways Early Crest
Era 5 (1957 to 1966) British Railways Late Crest

Manufacturer description

When Dugald Drummond succeeded William Adams as Locomotive Superintendent of the London and South Western Railway in 1895, his first, all new class was the M7 0-4-4T. Derived from previous 0-4-4T designs of his at the North British and Caledonian Railways, construction commenced in 1897 and continued in batches until 1911 with 105 being built eventually.

Ideally suited to the demands of suburban workings with frequent station stops, the M7 possessed quick acceleration and good tractive power and was equally at home on Branch line workings, or acting as station pilots. Unfortunately, following a major derailment at Tavistock in 1898, the class were withdrawn from fast passenger services, the 0-4-4 arrangement proving inherently unstable at continuous high speeds.

In 1912 the L&SWR introduced cable and pulley equipped push-pull services on some branch lines, but the Southern Railway subsequently adopted the compressed air control system and thirty six of the class were converted to this between 1930 and 1937, with a further four appearing between 1960 and 1962, these conversions being confined to the long framed variants of the class. All but two of the class survived into British Railways days, the last members of the class not being withdrawn until May 1964 and two still exist in preservation. Locomotive 30129 was built at Eastleigh and entered traffic as LSWR No.129 in November 1911.

During its lifetime, the locomotive worked across the Southern region, from Yeovil to Faversham Sheds and was finally withdrawn from service in November 1963, whilst allocated to Bournemouth Shed.

Maximum curve Hornby 2nd radius + / 438mm+.

Catalogue listing

Product Code:
Release date:
April 2017

Model details

DCC status
DCC Ready 8 pin socket
Lined Black with Late Crest
Minimum radius curve
1st Radius (371mm)
5 pole skew wound
Power pickup
All wheels
NEM / Tension lock
Running number

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
Southern Railway M7
British Railways
Motive power
Wheel arrangement
Dugald Drummond
Built by
LSWR Nine Elms Works LSWR Eastleigh Works
Total produced

* 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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