4-6-0 Class B1 Thompson LNER Profile and Models

4-6-0 Class B1 Thompson LNER

61059 at Norwich Thorpe in January 1958. © Ben Brooksbank

The Class B1 was designed by Edward Thompson for use on medium mixed traffic work on the LNER network. A huge number were built as the class were the equivalent to the highly successful GWR Hall and LMS ‘Black Five’ classes. The class had to be built to a budget due to WWII and post-war economies. The class were named after breeds of antelope which led to them being known as “Bongos”. The class were found to be all-round good performers and operated across LNER territory on all manner of freight and passenger services. 

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive



Darlington Works
Gorton Works
North British Locomotive Co
Vulcan Foundry

Build Date


Total Built


Tractive Effort

26,878 lbf

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

British Railways

Main Duties

Mixed Traffic

In Service Until


Surviving Examples



Products awaiting categorisation

Scale Brand Image Construction Type DCC Capability Product Code Product Title Livery
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Anchoridge (MGS Distributors) Ltd KIT5 LNER B1 Etched Brass Kit Requires assembly Not set KIT5
LNER B1 Etched Brass Kit Awaiting Categorisation
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Kitbuilt (unknown brand) No image available RTR/RTUse/Pre-assembled Not set KB632
Class B1 61000 'Springbok' in BR Black BR black with late crest
O Gauge (1:43 Scale) Piercy PMP943 LNER Thompson B1 4-6-0 Kit Requires assembly Not set PMP943
LNER Thompson B1 4-6-0 Kit Awaiting Categorisation