2-4-0 Webb Improved Precedent LNWR Profile and Models

2-4-0 Webb Improved Precedent LNWR

790 'Hardwicke' at the National Railway Museum, York in February 2011. ©Tony Hisgett

The London and North Western Railway (LNWR) Improved Precedent Class or Renewed Precedent Class is a class of 2-4-0 steam locomotives originally designed for express passenger work. They later gained the nickname of Jumbos. They were officially "renewals" (i.e. replacements) of 96 Newton Class and 62 Precedent Class, so that, for accountancy purposes, they could be charged against the Revenue account rather than the Capital account of a "new" locomotive. On 22 August 1895, 790 Hardwicke took 2 hours and 6 minutes for the 141 miles (227 km) from Crewe to Carlisle, with an average speed of 67.1 mph (108.0 km/h), setting up a new speed record during the Race to the North. The London, Midland and Scottish Railway acquired 76 upon the grouping of 1923, and gave them the power classification 1P. One, No. 790 Hardwicke (built 1892, LMS No. 5031, withdrawn 1932) has been preserved as part of the National Railway Collection. It was overhauled in 1976 and hauled some excursion trains on the main line, on one of which it double-headed with Flying Scotsman.

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Locomotive



Crewe Works

Build Date

1887 to 1901

Total Built


Tractive Effort

10,918 lbf

Wheel Configuration


Operated By

London & North Western Railway
London, Midland & Scottish Railway

Main Duties

Express Passenger

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) GEM GEMPrecedent Premier Line 'Precedent' 2-4-0 Kit Requires assembly Not set GEMPrecedent
Premier Line 'Precedent' 2-4-0 Kit Awaiting Categorisation
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) London Road Models No image available Requires assembly Not set LOCO7
LNWR./LMS GÇ£PrecedentGÇ¥ 2-4-0 kit Awaiting Categorisation