New Hornby Due Next Week 25/07/2018
ON THE WAY - DUE IN STOCK WEEK COMMENCING 29/07/18
WORLD STEAM RECORD ANNIVERSARY PACK
LIMITED EDITION OF 1,260 MODELS
• 18 carat Gold plating on the running gear and other metal parts • Wooden plinth (340mm x 50mm x 25mm) with 18 carat Gold plated rails • Reproduction World Speed Record plaque
In 1937, the rivalry between the East Coast and West Coast rail routes to Scotland had reached an intensity not seen since the events of the 1895 ‘Race to the North’. Both the LMS and LNER were running Pacific locomotives of outstanding quality, with Stanier’s Princess Coronations being pitched against Gresley’s A4 Class; a battle between the streamliners.
4493 Woodcock entered traffic on July 26, 1937, allocated to Gateshead, where for six months the locomotive was used on mundane duties, unless an engine failed on one of the LNER 'glamour' trains.
A brief allocation to Doncaster in January 1938 was followed by a move to Kings Cross on February 25th, from where Woodcock was to operate until June 1963 when it moved to New England; being withdrawn from there in October.