Hornby BR, Merchant Navy Class, 4-6-2, 35024 ‘East Asiatic Company
Conceived in 1937 when Oliver Bulleid became Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway
Conceived in 1937 when Oliver Bulleid became Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway, the Merchant Navy Class represented Bulleid's vision for a quick accelerating, mixed traffic 4-6-2 locomotive, equally capable of hauling passenger services (such as the Golden Arrow and Atlantic Coast Expresses), or freight workings, to a speed of around 75mph.
The footplate staff were dramatically in favor as, for the first time in the Southern's history, they had been offered an engine that was more powerful than existing stock, as well as having an ample reserve of power to assuage the engineman's constant fear of being left short of steam. On the other hand, maintenance staff cursed the design, multiple panels having to be removed to gain access to even the most minor of mechanical items, which led to an increase in maintenance time.
Locomotive 35024 East Asiatic Company entered traffic on November 13, 1948 at Exmouth Junction and had its naming ceremony at Waterloo Station on May 5, 1949, where HRH Prince Axel of Denmark officially named the locomotive. East Asiatic Company remained at Exmouth until February 26, 1959, when it went in to works for its rebuild.
Item Scale/Gauge 1:76 Scale 00
DCC Ready 8 pin socket. (De-coder not supplied)
Operator British Railways
Class Merchant Navy Class
Designer Oliver Bulleid
Wheel Configuration 4-6-2
Livery Early Crest
Minimum Curve (mm) Radius 2
- Product code R3632
- Brand Hornby
- Scale OO Gauge