All sets are priced at £560.00each plus P&P.
The GWR 48xx/14xx has been the undoubted success of 2017 for WJVintage. Produced in five different liveries to-date, these autofitted locos also match perfectly with our GWR Autocoaches. They can be purchased as matched sets or individually, although the sets have been particularly popular and stocks are sold out on some and quite low on others.
Specification for the GWR tank engines
- All metal construction
- Switchable 2/3 rail operation
- 10–20 Volts DC
- Suitable for 2ft radius curves
- Powerful electric motor with permanent magnets
- Smooth mechanism with clutch drive
The fabulous Autocoach specification is as follows:
- All metal construction
- Hand painted lining
- Detailed tampo printed livery (not decals)
- Driver’s end bell
- Detailed luggage end with window bars
- Detailed interior seating
- Internal lighting (2 x AAA batteries required)
- Authentic Collett style bogies
- Removeable roof to allow figures to be fitted (not supplied)
The autocoaches all include interior seating, removeable roof (to allow the addition of figures if desired) and battery powered LED interior lighting (batteries not included – 2 x AAA cells required).
Note: Autocoaches in sets have a different running number to the individual coaches so that an extra autocoach can be purchased and run authentically alongside another if required.
WJV01071 – GWR Green 1420 plus Great Western Choc/Cream Autocoach 174 Set – SOLD OUT
WJV01072 – BR Green lined late crest plus BR Maroon Autocoach W184W Set
WJV01073 – BR Black lined early crest plus BR Carmine/Cream Autocoach W169 Set
WJV01075 – Great Western 4825 Green plus GWR Choc/Cream Autocoach 163 Set– SOLD OUT
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Although attributed to the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the GWR, Charles Collett, the 0-4-2T Auto-tank outline can in fact be traced back to a much earlier design by George Armstrong, the 517 Class of the late 1860s. However, the slightly aged appearance of Collett’s locomotive belied a sparkling performance and they proved extremely popular over the entire GWR network. Between 1932 and 1936 at total of 75 engines were produced at the GWR Swindon works and they were numbered from 4800 to 4874. All these locomotives featured autotrain equipment for push/pull use.
In 1946 the GWR experimented with oil as a fuel for steam engines. 8-coupled freight engines were selected for modification and assigned numbers from the 48xx sequence. As a result, all the Auto-tanks were reassigned numbers from 1400 to 1474 and thereafter became known as the 14xx Class.
All 75 of the 14xx (plus 20 of the non-auto-fitted 58xx class) survived into British Railways ownership following nationalisation. However, rationalisation and modernisation meant that they became fairly quickly obsolete and they were all withdrawn from service between 1956 and 1964.
Thankfully 4 engines (all 14xx types) were saved from the scrapheap and survive.