Tests change locomotives 1948

Shortly after the railways were nationalized in 1948, the then newly formed British Railways Board (BRB) conducted a review of the actions of the locomotive which had been inherited from the four major railroads independent. It soon became clear that the overall stability of steam locomotives, including a variety of different types, many of whom were receiving near or in some cases, life has already expired.


From the beginning of the organization owned by the Government to reduce the cost and practice as soon as possible. This is not an easy task with a train of war beat. However, work began immediately and in its first year, the BRB has hired the famous engineer Robert A Riddles, before the LMS, to assume the responsibility of the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Riddle was given the task of developing a new range of new designs of small steam locomotives, with the intention that they replace the old before the nationalization of locomotives.

Riddles “has opted for an action plan was to use the best pre-nationalization designs and incorporate the best qualities of each in its locomotives standardized, so that the merger of the greatest engineering feats of all old railways companies. The first step towards the creation of new trial designs were the drivers of change. “Riddle began his search by selecting the number of locomotives of type expressing each of the newly formed regions and their use in a foreign jurisdiction” ‘.” For example, the LMS locomotives operated in the South where it is drinking. To compensate, they married, with four former milking axial Ministry of War with large water reservoirs. These letters were given specifically for the occasion LMS. Similarly, the ex-South Region kind used in other parties were married, with former LMS offerings tablespoons of water. This product is some important information for the design team on the appropriate form of tutorials locomotives were sections of the line.

At the end of testing locomotives shift, Humor chief designers returned to the drawing board and began to formulate the first steam engines, then the new standard. Officially, these tests were to identify the best aspects of four different approaches to the design of a locomotive that can be used in the new BR standard designs. However, the methods used for testing had no real scientific value, and taking into account background Riddles and other political influences, it was almost predictable that the practice of LMS has been widely followed by the new standard designs without account, it is surprising that almost all of the final products of puzzles that are very similar to models for the first time by the LMS, including locomotives were designated by Stanier and Ivatt.

However, the tests were useful for advertising BR to show the unity of Railways New British. In 1950, the first new models express locomotives had finished in the Derby and the same year, the British Transport Commission issued an order to Crewe Works for the construction of twenty-four type. What emerged from Crewe, January 2, 1951 was a 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive visible in search engine such as Coronation class designed by William Stanier, also before the LMS. The engine load, ended in a sleek black color scheme, unlined, was scheduled for a trial between Crewe and Carlisle 11 January 1951, a dynamometer car to be one of the trains would be. After running the test, which proved to be a promising start for the type, the locomotive, number 70000, was repainted in the line much more familiar BR Brunswick Green and delivered to Marylebone Station on the penultimate day of January in anonymity. No. 70000 has been rightly called “Britannia”, after the female personification of the British Empire, and was a promising step in the BR.

To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of tests related to 1948 Hornby Railways locomotives in 2008 produced a limited edition model “Bude” a locomotive 4-6-2 West Country Class No 34006. This model represents the link between a South Pacific region with a classic Stainer Bulleid tender. For the collectors out there, “Bude” the Hornby R2685 West Country Class with Stanier Tender was produced only in a limited edition of 2008 and each model trains comes with a numbered certificate of authentication.

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