What’s in the Shops: Streamlined ‘Duchess’ duo from Hornby

Hornby releases two more LMS ‘Duchesses’, this time with LMS crimson lake and gilt streamlining and in single and double-chimney forms. 

The release of two more streamlined ‘Princess Coronation’ or ‘Duchess’ 4-6-2 express passenger locomotives by Hornby means that the LMS modeller is now well catered for with the iconic express passenger locomotives of the 1937 to 1948 period, when 24 of the total of 38 of the big Pacifics were built with streamlined casings.

Streamlining was regarded as particularly important for the locomotives’ outward impression of speed and modernity to the public when operating prestige express trains.

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A fully detailed cab interior, fall plate and correctly painted cab doors are welcome features on the model.

It was also an attempt to reduce coal consumption, but that was not a complete success. In the end, the locomotives were ‘defrocked’ as it became increasingly apparent that savings in fuel consumption were outweighed by the increased weight of the locomotives’ casings over that of conventional versions, together with higher maintenance costs.

An attractive livery of Caledonian blue with silver horizontal stripes was applied to the first 1937-built locomotives, and a model in this form as No. 6221 Queen Elizabeth, with a single chimney and Type A welded tender fitted with extended side sheets, was reviewed in a recent issue of RMM

For the full article and to view more images, see the April 2019 edition of Modelling – available now!

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For a complete list of stockists and how to get your copy, visit: www.railwaymagazinemodelling.co.uk/distributors

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