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WD 2-8-0 Austerity/LNER Class 07
WD 2-8-0 Austerity/LNER Class 07

ETS #194 2-Rail – £650.00 each plus P&P
ETS #194 3-Rail – £675.00 each plus P&P

A very short run of this locomotive has been produced by ETS in Prague in LNER livery and the models are available in the UK exclusively through
WJVintage and Raylo.

Only 12 pieces have been produced in LNER unlined black R/N 3117. Of these, 6 are in 2-rail and 6 in 3-rail configuration.
Only a very few are now still available.

To the best of our knowledge this is still the only 2-8-0 locomotive (to-date) to have been produced for O gauge coarse scale use.


 

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Specification for these impressive WD Austerity Class engines
• All metal construction
• Available as 2-rail only or 3-rail only – please specify your requirement clearly
• 10–20 Volts DC
• Suitable for 2ft 6inch (30 inches/760mm) radius curves
• Fitted with standard (Bassett-Lowke style) droplink couplings
• Powerful electric motor with permanent magnets
• Smooth mechanism with clutch drive
• 12 month warranty
• Not Suitable for children under 14 years

Historical information
Designed by R.A. Riddles, the War Department Austerity 2-8-0 was produced as a cheap and easy to produce heavy freight steam locomotive for war service. It was introduced in 1943 and in total 935 locomotives were manufactured by the North British Locomotive Co and the Vulcan Foundry, making it one of largest classes of steam locomotive ever produced in the UK.
Following the D Day landings Austerities were shipped to mainland Europe to assist in the movement of troops and supplies. From 1945 they began to return to the UK and, being surplus army requirements, the LNER purchased a total of 200 locos and later a further 270 were taken on loan. They were classified as the LNER Class 07.

Following nationalisation in 1948, they continued into British Railways service and most were withdrawn between 1962 and 1967. None of the original LNER Class 07 Austerities survived into preservation, but one WD 2-8-0 did survive and was restored at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, where it returned to service in 2007. It ran until 2017 when it had to be withdrawn due to cracks in the boiler tubes.

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