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Churchward's last great masterpiece, the 47XX mixed traffic 2-8-0, is among the most iconic locomotives ever produced for the Great Western Railway. Only nine of these huge locomotives were built, primarily for fast overnight freight work, earning them the nickname 'Night Owls'.
Ironically the heyday for the class only came in the post-nationalisation years when the potential of these locomotives for use on heavy Summer Saturday passenger trains was acknowledged. In recognition of this they were turned out in fully lined BR passenger green livery.
The Masterpiece Models Edition will be of 60 locomotives. There were only nine prototypes so customers will be able to select the number of their choice. That does mean that there are likely to be several models produced of any particular locomotive, but we feel that buyers will be prepared to accept this in order to acquire a superb model of one of these magnificent machines at a reasonable price. As the models are reserved the rewservations will be entered on the table and when all 60 models have been provisionally reserved the list will be closed.
We will not produce 4700 in its initial form with a Standard Number One boiler - all our models will have the large Number Seven boiler. Outside steam pipes will be fitted to all the models as will the extended cab roof that was introduced on the class in 1927. As these models will all be in the post-1927 period they will all be fitted with the shorter style of safety valve bonnet. The models of Nos. 4701-4 will have the snifting valves mounted outside the steam chests, while Nos. 4700/5/6/7/8 will have them mounted in the standard position above the running plate.
In the early 1930s the class began to be attached to 4,000 gallon tenders, so customers will be able to choose either the Churchward 3,500 gallon tender or the Collett 4,000 gallon tender. The only other options offered on this class are the position of the upper lamp iron, a choice of tapered or parallel buffers, and whether ATC is fitted (complete by 1931).
Five liveries will be offered: GW green with GREAT WESTERN; GW Green with shirtbutton monogram; GW green with G <twin shields> W; BR unlined black with lion-over-wheel emblem; BR lined green with later totem. All the BR period locomotives will be fitted with smokebox door number plates and shedcode plates.
|Model Type||Base price||Carriage charge||Reservation deposit||Second payment||Final Payment||Total Payment|
|Non EU Overseas||Price excl VAT||2888||60||250||1540||1098||2948|
|EU||Price inc VAT||3465||60||250||1540||1675||3525|
|UK||Price inc VAT||3465||0||250||1540||1675||3465|