Hornby R2689 Duchess of Hamilton Coronation Class NRM Limited Edition
Hornby R2689 Duchess of Hamilton Coronation Class 8P in Maroon Complete with paper work and detail Pack. Box is shelf worn. DCC Ready
This special Hornby model, in collaboration with the National Railway Museum has been produced as part of the Hornby NRM Collection to celebrate the re-streamlining of the "Duchess of Hamilton" locomotive.
This brand new OO gauge example especially commissioned by the "National Railway Museum York" This locomotive in LMS Maroon livery is with running number 6229 was produced to celebrate its 70th Anniversary. A highly detailed version being also DCC READY.
The London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Coronation Class is a class of express passenger steam locomotives designed by William Stanier. They were an enlarged version of the LMS Princess Royal Class. Several examples were originally built as streamlined, though this was later removed.
The non-streamlined locomotives were often referred to as Duchesses, though to enginemen they were often known as Big Lizzies. They were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives ever to be built for the British railway network, estimated at 3300 horsepower and making them far more powerful than the diesel engines that replaced them.
The first five locomotives, Nos. 6220–6224, were built in 1937 at Crewe.
Number 6229 was built in 1938 at Crewe as the tenth member of its class and the last in the second batch of five red streamliners, complete with gold speed cheat stripes (the original five 6220-4 having been given a unique Caledonian blue livery with silver stripes). In 1939 no. 6229 swapped identities with the first of the class 6220 Coronation and was sent to North America with a specially constructed Coronation Scot train to appear at the 1939 New York World's Fair. There was therefore for a while a blue 6229 Duchess of Hamilton in the UK and a red 6220 Coronation in the USA. R.A. Riddles drove for most of the tour, owing to the illness of the assigned driver. The locomotive (though not its carriages) was shipped back from the States in 1942 after the outbreak of the Second World War, and the identities of the locomotives were swapped back in 1943. The carriages returned in 1946.
Number 6229 was painted wartime black livery in November 1944. Its streamlined casing was removed for maintenance-efficiency reasons in December 1947 and it was then given the LMS 1946 black livery. In 1948, 6229 passed into BR ownership. BR renumbered the locomotive as 46229 on 15 April 1948. It was painted in the short-lived BR blue livery in April 1950 but was soon repainted on 26 April 1952 into Brunswick green. The semi-streamlined smokebox was replaced with a round-topped smokebox in February 1957, and in September 1958 the locomotive was painted maroon. The lining was BR style to begin with; then in October 1959 it received the current LMS style lining which it has carried for all the years in preservation.
Operator London, Midland & Scottish Railway
Running Number 6229
Name Duchess of Hamilton
Class Name London, Midland & Scottish Railway 8P Coronation
Total Produced 38
Model Builder Hornby
Catalogue Number R2689 Special
Category Steam Locomotives