Roger Holland’s

5” GAUGE LNER A4

WILD SWAN

The LNER Pacific locomotives are probably the best known of all British steam locomotives today. Of those, pride of place must go to the A4 streamlined version, which holds the world speed record for a steam loco at 125.88mph, achieved by Mallard in July 1938.

The National Rail Museum managed to bring all six surviving A4s together to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the event. No surprise then, to see, a fine model A4 attracting attention at exhibitions in 2013. Roger Holland’s 5” gauge A4, Wild Swan, was displayed at both Harrogate and Sandown Park during the year.

The A4 class was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley in 1935, instantly recognizable with their streamlined casing. Thirty-five were built for passenger service on the East Coast Main Line out of Kings Cross, via York.

The original Gresley design was for a complete streamlined train called the Silver Jubilee to run between Kings Cross and Newcastle, in celebration of King George V’s quarter century on the throne. Those original trains were finished in silver-grey. A4s were finished in many colours during their lifetimes.

MIchael Breeze has produced a detailed design for A4 Sir Nigel Gresley in 5” gauge, along with many other classic locos from the LNER. Castings are available.