Sonic Models has unveiled its first 4mm locomotive: the imposing and stylish Robinson GCR/LNER 9N/A5 4-6-2T.
Version: Early L&NER in GCR Green No.6
The Sonic model will be offered in both original GCR and later LNER versions and features a heavy die-cast chassis, flywheel, Next18 DCC socket hidden in the cab, pre-fitted sugar cube, NEM coupling pockets, sprung buffers and all models will be supplied with an accessory pack including coal shovel and rake and dummy screw-link couplers.
Detail differences include GCR or LNER dome, whistle and smokebox, 3-rail or 5-rail coal bunker, single or split cab front window, cab-sides open or with windows and smooth or riveted sandbox wrapper.
Livery variations include GCR lined green, GCR lined green with L&NER lettering, LNER lined and unlined black and BR mixed traffic lined black with BRITISH RAILWAYS lettering, early emblem or late crest.BR mixed traffic lined black with early emblem
Production is well advanced. The models are expected to arrive in Summer 2022.
44 of these powerful locomotives were built over a 15 year period from 1911-1926 and the last was withdrawn in 1960.
Designed by the Great Central Railway’s Chief Mechanical Engineer John G Robinson to tackle suburban trains operating from the company’s London terminus at Marylebone, they were originally designated Class 9N, however after grouping the LNER reclassified them A5.
The last-built locomotives, built after grouping, were assigned to north east England and under the LNER other members of the class were used more widely – on suburban services from King Cross, around Bradford and on the former London Transport lines between Aylesbury and Rickmansworth.
Following nationalisation those A5s still on Marylebone trains were transferred to Lincolnshire and on to Darlington and Hull. The last was withdrawn in November 1960.