|Hornby has excelled itself with the finish on this B1. I'm no expert on the real things, but this is a real improvement on the old Mainline/Bachmann version. |
The LNER Thompson B1 4-6-0 is a thing of real beauty, despite it being designed as a mass-produced, utility machine. With standardised, interchangeable parts, it's a tribute to the designers that it turned out so graceful in appearance and sprightly in performance. No wonder they gave them such inspiring names, such as Springbok
. Anyway, with the lovely new Hornby version now available - as well as Bachmann's revamped version - we thought that we'd do something interesting for Model Rail
issue 168. So, with this beautifully lined-out LNER liveried example, I've made a start on something a little out of the ordinary. Any guesses...?
|So far, I've added some AWS equipment and replaced the LNER legend with a BR totem, plus some incomplete BR lining around the cab sides, but no number. It looks a bit of a dog's dinner at the moment, but all will be revealed in due course.|
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