By G Swales

This model of Sir Nigel Gresley’s V1 prairie tank locomotive by G Swales was photographed at a National Model Engineering and Modelling Exhibition back in its Harrogate days. Drawings for a 5” gauge version were produced by Martin Evans back in the 1970s. He said:

The London and North Eastern Railway Class V1 and Class V3 were related 2-6-2T steam locomotives designed by Sir Nigel Gresley. Subsequently the class was mostly rebuilt into V3s, a development of the V1 with increased boiler pressure and a resultant increase in tractive effort.

Gresley introduced the sophisticated V1 class suburban tank in 1930. It incorporated his 3-cylinder system. The V1s were built at Doncaster from 1930 to 1939. The last batch of 10 engines ordered were built as V3s. By 1948, four V1s were rebuilt as V3s, and a further 67 would be rebuilt to V3 specification under British Railways ownership.

None have survived into preservation.



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