Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 12:20 AM UTC
Hornby has released their OO/1:76 Q1 Class loco and tender
Two versions will be available: 33032 in Late BR livery and R3559 in SR. Pre-orders are being taken by Hornby and the expected delivery will be April 2018.
Although the Southern Regions requirement for an austerity 0-6-0 tender goods locomotive resulted from the Board and Operating Department reacting to the increase in freight and military traffic at the time of the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, with one eye on electrification, cost savings on steam stock had been implemented since 1935. When Oliver Bulleid took over as Chief Mechanical Officer from Richard Maunsell in 1937, he inherited an ongoing order for twenty Q Class 0-6-0 locomotives, which proved less than satisfactory in service and were in no way suitable for the demands of wartime. The answer, for Bulleid and his team, was to start from scratch.
Locomotive C24 was built at Ashford and outshopped on June 26, 1942, entering traffic at Feltham. Renumbered to 33024 under British Railways, C24 was withdrawn from service from Three Bridges on August 25, 1963.
Locomotive 33032 was built at Ashford and outshopped on October 28, 1942, entering traffic at Feltham numbered C32. Renumbered to 33032 under British Railways, the locomotive was withdrawn from service from Guildford on January 5, 1964.
Both locos are DCC ready and NEM couplings. Each is powered by a 5 pole skew wound motor.
R3560 - BR 0-6-0 '33032' Q1 Class Late BR OO/1:76
R3559 - SR 0-6-0 'C24' Q1 Class - OO/1:76
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