Hornby Dublo R30265 A4 60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower Great Gathering 10th Anniv


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OO GaugeHornby Dublo R30265 A4 60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower Great Gathering 10th AnniversaryBrand new item direct from our new Yorkshire model railway shop.

Tech SpecsItem Scale 1:76 Scale 00 GaugeFinish PaintedColour GreenGauge OODCC Status DCC Ready 21 pin socket (This is NOT DCCfitted)Designer Sir Nigel GresleyWheel Configuration 4-6-2Livery BR GreenMinimum Curve (mm) Radius 2Class A4 ClassBuffer Type Sprung Metal BuffersCoupling Type NEM Tension Lock  Product InfoThe LNER Gresley A4 is one of the most iconic expresslocomotives in Great Britain, with its streamlined casing a classic symbol ofthe attitude towards speed and design in the 1930s, which saw increasedcompetition to the railways from road and air travel. The LNER Board knew thatthey had to make travel between the major cities faster, comfortable and morereliable.Nigel Gresley, the LNER’s Chief Mechanical Officer,travelled on the Fliegende Hamburger diesel locomotive in Germany and wasimpressed by its streamlining, although he realized it was only efficient athigh speeds. Gresley was certain that a modified A3 Pacific, with streamlining,could haul greater loads than other locomotives at the same speed or faster anda series of trials were conducted to confirm the A3’s suitability.With the trials successfully completed, the LNER Board gaveGresley the go-ahead to create the "Silver Jubilee" streamlinedtrains, the first of the new streamlined A4s.The streamlining of the A4s’ steamcircuit, higher boiler pressure and extension of the firebox to create acombustion chamber made them more efficient than the A3 as they consumed lesscoal and water- especially later on when they were also fitted with a Kylchapdouble chimney. This improved their free steaming capabilities further. Their streamlined design not only made them capable of highspeeds, but created an up draught of smoke, obscuring the driver’s vision, amajor problem on the new Class A4 engines. The story goes that during windtunnel testing, after several unsuccessful efforts to get the smoke to liftclear, a thumbprint was inadvertently left on the clay model just behind thechimney. This succeeded in clearing the smoke and was incorporated into thefinal design.Dwight D. Eisenhower was introduced in 1937 as GoldenShuttle, only receiving the name Dwight D. Eisenhower in September of 1945 inhomage to the then American Military Governor in Germany. The locomotive wouldgo through the same protracted numbering rigmarole as all other LNER engines,initially being outshopped as 4496 before becoming locomotive number 8 in the1946 LNER renumbering scheme. Upon entry into BR service the locomotive would becomeengine number 60008. Following withdrawal in 1963, the locomotive wasoverhauled at Doncaster before being donated to the United States. Inpreservation, the locomotive has not steamed and has only ever beencosmetically restored, returning to the UK only once with sister engineDominion of Canada as part of the Great Gathering in 2013.Hornby Dublo A4 models feature a diecast body, just as theiroriginal Hornby Dublo counter parts would have been seen. This is coupled withenchanted decoration which when paired with the diecast of the boiler providesa realistic finish to the body. The models contain a 5 pole motor with flywheeland are DCC ready with an 8 pin socket. These models will also contain a detailbag containing etched nameplates and headboards, allowing the model to bedisplayed as it would have appeared at the Great Gathering.

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