4-6-2 Class 6MT Clan BR Profile and Models

4-6-2 Class 6MT Clan BR

72005 at Chester General in August 1964. ©Ben Brooksbank

The Standard class 6, otherwise known as the Clan Class, was a class of 4-6-2 Pacific tender steam locomotive designed by Robert Riddles for use by British Railways. Ten locomotives were constructed between 1951 and 1952, with a further 15 planned for construction. However, due to acute steel shortages in Britain, the order was continually postponed until it was finally cancelled on the publication of the 1955 Modernisation Plan for the re-equipment of British Railways. The Clan Class was based upon the Britannia Class design, incorporating a smaller boiler and various weight-saving measures to increase the route availability of a Pacific-type locomotive for its intended area of operations, the west of Scotland. The Clan Class received a mixed reception from crews, with those regularly operating the locomotives giving favourable reports as regards performance. However, trials in other areas of the British Railways network returned negative feedback, a common complaint being that difficulty in steaming the locomotive made it hard to adhere to timetables. Reports exist that suggest a degree of the disappointment with these locomotives was attributable to their being allocated to Class 7 work where they were only a Class 6 in reality; a problem put down to their very similar appearance to the BR Standard Class 7.

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive



BR Crewe Works

Build Date

1951 to 1952

Total Built


Tractive Effort

27,520 lbf

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

British Railways

Main Duties

Mixed Traffic

In Service Until


Surviving Locos



Products awaiting categorisation

Scale Brand Image Construction Type DCC Capability Product Code Product Title Livery
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) DJH Model Railway Kits K78 BR std class 6 Clan class 4-6-2 Requires assembly Not set K78
BR std class 6 Clan class 4-6-2 Awaiting Categorisation