This is an unexpected opportunity to acquire one of the very limited edition of eight models produced by Masterpiece Models of the GWR ‘first of class’ 6000 “King George V” presented in original ‘exhibition’ condition, with 1927 style garter coat of arms on the tender and full elaborate lining both above and below the running plate.
On completion at Swindon Works and following permission from Buckingham Palace to name the first of the brand new King class 4-6-0s after the reigning monarch, 6000 “King George V” was shipped to the USA in September 1927 to feature in the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad centenary celebration. The B&O presented a typical American railroad bell to commemorate the visit, which 6000 carries to this day mounted above the front buffer beam, faithfully reproduced on this model.
This distinctive model is presented as it appeared on return to Swindon Works in December 1927, with bell fitted and all brass and steel polished (including smokebox door handle and hinges, handrails, cylinder fronts, coupling rods, all wheel tyres including tender, etc.). Long term Old Oak Common shedded (apart from the 1950s at Bristol), 6000 ‘King George V’ is preserved and displayed at Swindon Railway Museum. Masterpiece Models and our builder thoroughly inspected the preserved 6000 in 2008 by permission of the Museum. This model is based many photos taken during that visit, together with official Swindon Works drawings, etc., and really captures the appearance of the prototype.
Switchable DC/DCC with sound.