||L.N.E.R. / B.R. J72 0-6-0
The model represents one of the first twenty members of this long-lived
class and can be built with original short bunker and as subsequently
modified with plates behind the coal rails, sandwich-type front buffer
beam and Ross-pop safety valves. Containing all the fine detail with
which Piercy locomotive models are associated, this kit consists of
turned boiler, cast white-metal smokebox, tank sides, cab, footplate,
etched chassis, valve gear and various lost wax castings. Wheels, motor/gearbox,
paint and transfers are needed to complete.
The J72 (E1) Class locomotives were first built by the 'North Eastern
Railway' in 1898, by Wilson Worsdell at Darlington works, and were a
development of the J71 Class built in 1886, by T.W. Worsdell. Seventy
five locomotives were built under the 'North Eastern Railway'; ten by
the L.N.E.R. in 1925, after the grouping, and a further twenty eight
after nationalisation in 1948.
Between 1937 and 1954, eight of the first class of engines had vacuum
ejectors fitted and steam heating equipment. The J72's were very successful
in service, and well liked by the engine crews. Most of the class lasted
until the end of steam operations by 'British Railways'.
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