Now available and exclusive to Key Publishing
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Ex-LNER Gresley 4-6-0 ‘B17/6’ No.61662 Manchester United in late British Railways weathered green livery
The Gresley ‘B17’ 4-6-0 came about through the need to introduce a powerful 4-6-0 steam locomotive to haul heavy passenger trains on the Great Eastern section of the LNER. Chief Mechanical Engineer Sir Nigel Gresley was given the task. Production was handed to the North British Locomotive Company under contract and, after some modifications to its design, the first ‘B17’ 4-6-0 was introduced in November 1928. A further 52 locomotives were built at Darlington Works between 1930 and 1936 in five batches while a final group of 11 were built by Robert Stephenson in 1937. Initially the first ‘B17s’ were allocated to Cambridge express workings and coupled to 3,700 gallon Great Eastern tenders, the ‘B17/1s’, while the later ‘B17/4s’ which had LNER group standard 4,200 gallon tenders, were allocated to Leicester, Sheffield, Neasden and other sheds on the LNER network. A third sub-class was introduced in 1943 when Gresley increased the working pressure of the boiler to 220psi using the 100A boiler and these were classified ‘B17/6’. A number of ‘B17/6’ 4-6-0s were named after high profile football clubs including the subject of Hornby Magazine’s new limited edition, 61662 Manchester United.
Key Publishing have commissioned Hornby Hobbies to produce this newly tooled exclusive weathered model, which is limited to just 750 certificated units.