Hornby NBR J36 0-6-0 No. 65311 Haig could arrive just in time for Christmas

Memories of the gallant journey under her own steam by 1891-built former North British Railway Class C (LNER J36) 0-6-0 No. 673 Maude from the Scottish Railway Preservation Society’s base at Falkirk to Rainhill and back in 1980 will be evoked by Hornby’s expected December release in OO scale of sister locomotive No. 65311 Haig.

Maude made the long round trip to represent Scottish railways in the unforgettable cavalcade of historic locomotives celebrating 150 years since the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, and the pageant even included working replicas of original Rainhill Trials contenders Rocket, Sans Pareil and Novelty.

From this view can be seen clearly the many fine details applied to Hornby’s forthcoming release in OO gauge of J36 0-6-0 No 65311. Note the between-frames detail, hand rails and bright fittings, and the well-modelled tender.

The painted nameplate on Hornby’s new-tooling model replicates the style of the rest of the First World War-related nameplates that were applied to a small number of the substantial Matthew Holmes-designed class – 65216 Byng, 65217 French, 65222 Somme, 65224 Mons, 65233 Plumer, 65235 Gough, 65243 Maude, 65253 Joffre, 65268 Allenby and, of course, 65311 Haig.

Maude was named after General Sir Frederick Stanley Maude, the most successful commander to serve on the Mesopotamian Front in the First World War, who died in 1917, and Haig after Field Marshal Douglas Haig, who commanded the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front from late 1915 until the end of the war.

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