LNER Dynamometer Car Profile and Models

LNER Dynamometer Car

902502 at the National Railway Museum, York in May 2018. ©Dan Adkins

The Dynamometer Car was Built in 1906 by the North Eastern Railway (NER) at Darlington Works, its role was to scientifically measure the performance of trains in order to effect improvements. In 1923 it was included in the acquisition of the NER by the LNER, and used extensively by Chief Engineer Nigel Gresley, including being used to record world record high speed runs on the East Coast Main Line behind 4468 Mallard. It was used in the 1948 Locomotive Exchange Trials by British Railways. Part of the National Collection, it is preserved at the National Railway Museum in York.

(Information provided via Wikipedia)

Type of Vehicle

Dynamometer recording car


North Eastern Railway Darlington Works

Build Dates


Total Built


Wheel Configuration

2 x Bogies

Operated By

North Eastern Railway
London & North Eastern Railway
British Railways

Main Duties

Locomotive testing

In Service Until


Surviving Examples



OO Gauge (1:76 Scale)

Products awaiting categorisation

Scale Brand Image Construction Type DCC Capability Product Code Product Title Livery
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Golden Age Models No image available RTR/RTUse/Pre-assembled Not set GA-23591
Dynamometer Car 23591 in Lined LNER Teak LNER teak
OO Gauge (1:76 Scale) Golden Age Models GA-902502 Dynamometer Car 902502 in unlined LNER Teak - 1946 condition as preserved RTR/RTUse/Pre-assembled Not set GA-902502
Dynamometer Car 902502 in unlined LNER Teak - 1946 condition as preserved LNER teak