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class due to their numbering) which saw her take to some very alien metals on her way from Broad Street to Rugby Midland, which would include a run across the majority of the Stratford-Upon-Avon & Midland Junction Railway, which had been closed to passengers since 1952. 61572 arrived at her new home, the North Norfolk Railway in 1967. Initially she was put to one side while J15 65462 was returned to steam amid fears that her poor condition and that her weight would prove too heavy for the route. Restoration eventually started when 65462 returned to steam in 1977 and 61572 (8572) finally returned to steam in 1994 and has since been a popular performer at her home railway and on visits to numerous preserved railways across the UK. She is currently in working order. The Model: Hornby have produced a real masterpiece here, a wonderful scale model of the beautiful prototype. Stunningly reproduced in three livery variants, LNER 8573 in apple green, BR 61533 in lined black early crest, BR 61580 in lined black late crest. Thankfully Hornby has not chosen to ruin one of these wonderful machines by applying their rather poor weathering to them. The numbers, lettering, lining and works plates are all beautifully applied.

The devil is truly in the detail on this model and little touches like the beautifully reproduced inside motion and valve gear (non-functioning) and accurate back head details really bring the best out of the loco. The loco also benefits from sprung buffers and NEM pocket couplings. A small detail pack is supplied to add the final touches of pipes and brake rigging.


Model Railway Express Issue Two January 2017  
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