5” Gauge Britannia Class
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The 5" Britannia is finally available for pre-order! The test pilot model has just passed our stringent quality assurance process and this model can now be reserved. This is by far our most requested model and we are delighted to be able to offer it in the superior quality that we have become known for.
- Coal-fired - true live steam.
- Stainless steel motion.
- Sprung axle boxes with needle roller bearings.
- Two safety valves.
- Painted and ready-to run.
- Dimensions: 1914mm x 242mm x 357mm Weight 100 kgs.
- 2 Outside Cylinder.
- Walschaerts valve gear.
- Piston valves.
- Mechanical drain cocks.
- Mechanical lubricator.
- Silver soldered copper boiler.
- Reverser in cab.
- Boiler feed by axle pump, and hand pump.
- Etched brass body with rivet detail.
- 2 x Injectors.
In the mid-20th century, as Britain's railways looked toward modernisation, the Britannia Class locomotives emerged as a symbol of steam engineering's zenith. Introduced in 1951 by the British Railways, these locomotives were the first of the 'Standard' class designs, created with an intent to simplify and standardize the diverse range of engines inherited from pre-nationalization railway companies.
Christened "Britannia" after the Roman name for the British Isles, the first engine, 70000 Britannia, became an icon, leading a fleet of 55 locomotives that served various routes across the UK. Powered by a 4-6-2 wheel configuration, their design was a masterful blend of power, efficiency, and elegance. They boasted features like the efficient Walschaerts valve gear and a sleek, uncluttered look, differentiating them from many earlier designs.
Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the Britannias were pivotal in hauling express services, showcasing British engineering prowess. However, by the late 1960s, with the advent of diesel and electric traction, steam began its decline, leading to the retirement of the Britannias by 1968.
Today, while they no longer grace the mainlines as they once did, the Britannia Class locomotives remain a treasured chapter in the annals of British rail history, symbolising a golden age of steam.
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