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AND FINALLY............ By Robbie McGavin Rebuilt Merchant Navy 35028 ‘Clan Line’, a very successful Hornby model R2169 from 2000-1 which Simon Kohler caused to come into being. Hornby have an ‘original condition’ version is planned for early 2017. The engine bears the headboard for the Atlantic Coast Express, which was no lightweight, and booked to average 60mph from Waterloo to Salisbury from a cold start, sometime 15-total. From the late 1930s to the early 1960s the ‘ACE’ was sometimes in five sections departures every few minutes between 10.40am and 11am, with carriages for destinations beyond Exeter like Bude, Ilfracombe, Padstow and Plymouth, the great age of steam railways. 35028 was built in 12/1948 at Eastleigh, rebuilt in 11/1959 and withdrawn at the end of Southern Region steam in 7/1967. Weighing approximately 150 tons ready for work, always impressive! Originally with 280lb boilers, later 250lb, and three 18-inch cylinders, some official and many anecdotal stories exist of these engines with speedos jammed at 100mph. I think 35008 was timed at 108mph as late as 1966, and it wasn’t even one of ‘the good ‘uns’, according to the fireman.

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Model Railway Express Issue Two January 2017  
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