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Heljan have produced a new batch of the highly popular LMS Beyer Garratt 2-6-0 0-6-2 in OO gauge, which was originally produced as a joint project with Hattons. This new batch features both locomotives with the original style bunker and the later revolving bunker. 10 variations are available covering LMS black, LMS photographic grey and BR black colour schemes.
The Beyer Garratt features:
266213 - 4993 in LMS black with original coal bunker - £212
266214 - 4984 in LMS black with original coal bunker - lightly weathered - £221
266215 - 4982 in LMS black with revolving coal bunker - £212
266216 - 7973 in LMS black with revolving coal bunker - £212
266217 - 47979 in BR black with LMS lettering and revolving coal bunker - £212
266218 - 47978 in BR black with early emblem and revolving coal bunker - £212
266219 - 47988 in BR black with early emblem and revolving coal bunker - lightly weathered - £221
266220 - 47993 in BR black with early emblem and revolving coal bunker - heavily weathered - £221
266221 - 47971 in BR black with no emblem and revolving coal bunker - £212
266222 - 4986 in LMS workshop photographic grey with revolving coal bunker - £212
47987 at Melton Mowbray in December 1954. © Peter Groom
The Beyer Garratts were designed to haul coal trains from the Midland coalfields to London to stop the use of double-heading and save on fuel, crews and maintenance. The locos quickly gained popularity due to their strange design of articulation and were widely known about. Very early in the careers of the locos they had their fixed bunkers replaced with rocking ones to help bring coal towards the cab while on the move. They lived out their lives on the coal trains they were designed for and were only withdrawn with the introduction of the Standard 9Fs. Unfortunately none survived the cutters torch and the preservation movement lost an important part of the British Railway scene.
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