By Jeremy Buck

We can now look forward to the next Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition and more exhibits like this A4 Golden Plover from Jeremy Buck in 2019.

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 Mallard which achcieved the world speed record for a steam loco at 125.88mph in July 1938.

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. Modelworks also produced a 5” gauge kit for an A4.



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