OO Gauge Hornby R4965A LMS Stanier Coach D1981 Coronation Scot 57′ RTO 8993


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OO GaugeHornbyR4965A LMS Stanier Coach D1981 Coronation Scot 57′ RTO 8993Brand new item direct from our new Yorkshire shop.
Tech SpecsItem Length – Without Packaging (cm) – 22.8Item Scale – 1:76 Scale 00 GaugeFinish – PaintedColour – BlueGauge – OOOperator – LMSDesigner – Sir William StanierLivery – Blue/SilverMinimum Curve (mm) – Radius 2 Product InfoIn response to the London & North Eastern Railway’s’Coronation’ sets which were hauled by their A4 Pacific locomotives, theLondon, Midland, Scottish Railway Board announced the advent of a similartrain, the ‘Coronation Scot’, to run over their route. This would be coveringthe 4 miles between Euston and Glasgow in 6 hours, at an average of 61.7 milesan hour. The train ran non-stop between Euston and Carlisle, covering the 299.1miles in 4 hours, 43 minutes at an average speed of 63.4 mph which, in 1937,was the longest booked run at over 60 mph in the world. On 29 June 1937, on atest run between Euston and Crewe, an eight car ‘Coronation Scot’ hauled by6220 ‘Coronation’ set a new world record speed for a steam train of 114mph,briefly seizing the initiative from the LNER by just 1mph. Full service of thefull nine car ‘Coronation Scot’ commenced on 5 July 1937and continueduninterrupted until 3 September 1939- the outbreak of war against Germany. Thefull ‘Coronation Scot’ train consisted of nine cars, the formation (from theLondon end) being: Brake Corridor First (BFK), Corridor First (FK), RestaurantOpen First (RFO), Kitchen (RK), Restaurant Open Third (RTO), Restaurant OpenThird (RTO), Kitchen (RK), Restaurant Open Third (RTO) and Brake Corridor Third(BTK). Three sets of coaches were to be provided for the ‘Coronation Scot’,with any two sets operating at one time, with the other being spare. Unlike theLNER’s ‘Coronation’ sets, most of the coaches for the ‘Coronation Scot’ wereselected from the latest new batches of Stanier’s Period III stock, with theexception being the FKs and BTKs, which were built new for the service. Theselected coaches were sent to the LMSR’s Wolverton works where they wereconverted for service. Outwardly, the vehicles were unaltered across the bodyand underframes. However, the interiors were completely refitted to a luxuriousstandard befitting the service and, apart from the RKs, pressure heating andventilation systems were installed for the passengers’ comfort, the coaches’roofs featuring boxed ventilation shrouds. Lighting was improved, bell pushesadded for steward service and the coaches finished in a Caledonian Blue andSilver striped livery to match the five streamlined Stanier Coronation Pacificlocomotives chosen to haul the ‘Coronation Scot’. At the outbreak of war inSeptember 1939, all three sets of coaches were moved into storage, two sets atHorwich and one at Lostock Hall, which proved to be the last time that thecoaches were together as sets. When they were reintroduced to service in 1947they were repainted into LMS maroon and put into ordinary service ‘on the bestpassenger trains’, the LMSR being unable to reintroduce high speed working atthat time due to the rigours of war-time working on the permanent waystructures. It had been suggested that some of the First Class vehicles couldbe converted into three-a-side seating, however H.G Ivatt, the new CME of theLMSR, discounted this based on the costs involved. All of the ‘Coronation Scot’coaches were eventually scrapped, the first examples being withdrawn fromservice in 1962, with the exception of two of the RK vehicles; 30088 and 30106.These two coaches were converted into Inspection Saloons and both survive tothis day as preserved examples.

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