BR Standard Class 5
One of the priority projects promised by my predecessor Michael Brooks was the BR Standard Class 5 4-6-0 tender locomotive – the 73000 class. These locomotives were essentially a later development of the Stanier/Ivatt Class 5 4-6-0s that were such a success for the LMS, and like their earlier half brothers, the 73000s lasted until the end of steam on BR in 1968. Following the visit of our builder to the Bluebell Railway we have decided to allow the BR Standard Class 5 to jump up the queue and take up the position that we originally planned for the BR 9F 2-10-0. The 9F will now move back two years to take up the later slot originally allocated to the 73000. We are very keen to build the BR 73000 – a highly attractive locomotive that worked on all regions of the BR network. They were painted in lined black and later some engines also appeared in lined green. Their role was working express passenger and stopping trains, as well as freight services on many parts of the network.
They were important on the Southern on trains from Waterloo and Charing Cross and they worked with distinction on the Somerset and Dorset line, in Scotland on Glasgow to Aberdeen services, and in the North West around Manchester. Some also worked on Eastern Region, in the North East and on the Western Region. A total of 172 locomotives were built, of which 30 were fitted with the advanced British Caprotti rotary poppet valve gear system. They also appeared with a wide variety of BR1 derived tenders: The inset BR1, BR1G and BR1H types The high-sided BR1B, 1C and the BR1F types Water pick-up gear was fitted on all engines except those on the Southern. 20 of the Southern engines carried names from the scrapped Urie/Maunsell ‘King Arthur’ class and were known as the ‘Standard Arthurs’. We plan to build both the Walschaert’s piston valve gear and Caprotti rotary cam poppet versions, plus all versions of the tender with locomotives offered both in 7mm Finescale (0 Gauge) and in ScaleSeven.
Our previous work on the BR 6P/7P ‘Britannias’ and ‘Clans’ will be a big help in this project as there is considerable commonality on tenders, bogies, wheels, cylinders, slide bars, valve gear and boiler fittings with the 73000. In this project we will incorporate all our new technology that we have applied to the ‘Castle’ and the Great Western Tender engines of our current builds. We will also build special ScaleSeven versions with the correct width chassis, as one of the distinct features of this engine – unlike the Britannia and Clan – is the close proximity of the driving wheels to the frames. So with this development it will not be possible to convert locomotives between the gauge standards as has been carried out on earlier models. In terms of numbers we are aiming at producing a minimum of 100 locomotives, of which at least 20 will be the Caprotti version, but both these numbers could be increased if demand justifies a bigger total. We would like to understand your interest in this project and be grateful for your feedback, either by using the form below, or by email, telephone, text message or writing to us.
The target date for delivery of the locomotives is between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of 2018, after the Class 52 ‘Western’ diesel has been completed. We have yet to cost out the project as this will depend on the future exchange rate of the Pound versus the Korean Won. Currently (August 16) there has been a devaluation post-Brexit of around 20%. This would give us a cost indication of around £3,600 (including VAT at 20%) for a DCC-fitted model at today’s exchange rates. If the Pound recovers we hope to be able to reduce this figure. Our approach will be to allow you to chose you own engine with a limitation of no more than 8 engines per individual locomotive number. We will put up a reservation list shortly on the website.