Hornby is to release not one but three new tool OO/1:76 Stanier 4-6-2 Princess Coronation Class locomotives
Hornby is very pleased to release images of the decoration samples of their new tool Stanier Princess Coronation Class locomotives. The 'City of Birmingham' will have DCC sound included, the others are DCC ready. All the locos will be fitted with NEM couplings.R3509TTS - BR 4-6-2
'City of Birmingham' Princess Coronation Class (Modified) with TTS SoundR3553 - LMS 4-6-2
'Duchess of Atholl' Princess Coronation Class (Modified)R3555 - BR 4-6-2
'Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S.' Princess Coronation Class (Modified) Late BR Red
Hornby has released a video on Youtube of an unpainted Princess Coronation Class locomotive on a test run.
Expected release date is November 2017, although Hornby are taking pre-orders
The story of the Princess Coronation Class is one of split personalities and purposes and represents the difference in opinions and attitudes between designs on the one hand, and perceived cost savings on the other. The original streamlined form of the class arose from tests by the London Midland Scottish Railway’s Research Department on Stanier’s development of the Princess Royal class locomotives. Stanier was said to be ambivalent about the economic value of streamlining, but was aware of the publicity value of such a design. When the opportunity to produce five conventional versions of the Coronation Pacific as a comparison to the streamlined version arose, Stanier was quoted as saying, “They can have their streamliners if they b***** want them, but we will also build them five proper ones”.
The demands of maintaining the streamlined form of the Princess Coronation Class exceeded the cost savings to the LMS in coal and in October 1945 the decision was taken to remove the streamlining. This process (defrocking as the fitters called it) began with 6235 City of Birmingham in April 1946 and because the smokeboxes were angled down between the chimney and door to accommodate the sweep of the streamlined casing, they retained this look once the casing was removed. Eventually the raked smokeboxes were replaced with conventional smokeboxes, so that by late 1958 the majority of the fleet showed a similar appearance, although all the defrocked locomotives had the split platform ‘utility’ front end.
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