This is Hornby's OO gauge model of the BR Standard 4MT Class 4-6-0 locomotive. The Hornby standard 4mt 4 6 0 is perfect for collectors and enthusiasts, and it will no doubt be a hit.
BR Standard 4mt class history
It was felt in 1947 that there was no requirement for a mixed traffic Class 4, 4-6-0 steam locomotive on the London Midland Scottish Railway.
The 4-6-0's primary purpose was to haul heavy freight by rail, which had been adequately served by prior traction types. It wasn't until Nationalization in 1948 that the Western Region of British Rail felt this type of locomotive was required for its secondary route services.
The heavier Standard Class 5 (which had a restricted axle loading for the coastal routes to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli) was prohibited because of the greater weight, and an update on the GWR Manor design was impossible due to gauge issues with other British Rail regions, who were also looking to replace their ageing locomotive stock.
Robert Riddles, British Rail's Head of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, set about designing a new locomotive, principally from BR's Brighton Works, as a solution to this problem.
All of the BR Standard class locomotives were designed so that train crews could easily transfer from one class to another, saving on crew training.
Many of the components for the BR Standard 4MT Class were similar to those used in the Standard Class 5 and as a class, there were few significant variations during the course of their construction.
Between mid-May 1951 and January 1956, eighty locomotives were built at BR's Swindon Works, in six Lots, a final order of ten locomotives for the Eastern Region being cancelled in September 1956.
The first ten BR standard 4mt class locomotives were delivered to the Western Region between May and October 1951 and by the end of the year were all operating from Shrewsbury Shed.
The engines were well suited to their work, especially on local and semi-fast services, but attempts to take over Class 5 duty on heavy passenger and freight traffic proved unsuccessful because they were unsuitable for it.
The BR standard 4mt class 4 engines had difficulty steaming when under load and were underpowered, causing their timekeeping to suffer.
Deliveries of the standard class 4 continued, with the London Midland region receiving three batches of locomotives, the Western a further batch and the Southern receiving a batch.
By the end of 1955, all Class 4MTs had been delivered and were in service on the system, from Dover to Scotland and Plymouth to Cambridge, mostly paired with their original tenders.
The initial fifty were put to work with BR2 3,500-gallon tenders, while fifteen were paired with BR2A 3,500-gallon tenders. Because there weren't enough water troughs in the Southern Region, the fifteen engines assigned there required a larger capacity tender and were linked with BR1B 4,725 gallon tenders.
The class was withdrawn one by one, starting in October 1964 and concluding in August 1968 with the last five locomotives. Two were purchased straight from British Rail (BR), while four were salvaged from Woodham's scrapyard at Barry. A total of six locomotives are preserved.
Locomotive 75053 was constructed at Swindon in late 1956 and introduced into service with the London Midland Region in Chester.
75003, a well-travelled steam engine, spent separate periods at Ryhll and Chester Midland before moving to Mold Junction in September 1960.
In April 1962, a transfer to Bletchley was followed in January 1965 by allocation to Stoke-on-Trent, where 75053 was withdrawn in September 1966.
BR Standard 4mt class in model form
This is a good model from Hornby with fantastic detail and performance.
The details can be fragile, so needs to be handled with care.
Recommended to anyone modelling BR in the 1950s.
Hornby's OO gauge model of the BR Standard 4MT Class, 4-6-0, 75053 is a great addition to any layout. Painted in black with early crest livery, this locomotive is perfect for use on local and semi-fast services. The 5 pole skew wound motor provides smooth operation and the 4-6-0 wheel configuration ensures that this locomotive can negotiate radius 2 curves with ease. DCC Ready 8 pin socket makes it easy to upgrade this locomotive for use on a DCC layout.
The Hornby model of 75035 includes the following Specification: