Hornby Model Railways "Westward Ho" West Country Class SUPER DETAIL No. R2609
A brand new 00 gauge example especially developed by "Hornby Model Railways" as part of their SUPER DETAIL series. This 4-6-2 West Country Class locomotive in British Rail Green is named Westward Ho with running number 34036. A highly detailed version which is also DCC READY.
The SR West Country Class known as a Light Pacific locomotive, is an air-smoothed 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive designed for the Southern Railway by its Chief Mechanical Engineer Oliver Bulleid.
These locomotives incorporated a number of new developments in British steam locomotive technology. They were designed to be lighter in weight than their sister locomotives, the Merchant Navy class, to permit use on a wider variety of routes, including in the south-west of England and the Kent coast. They were a mixed-traffic design, being equally adept at hauling passenger and freight trains.
A total of 110 locomotives were constructed between 1945 and 1950, named after West Country resorts and Royal Air Force (RAF) and other subjects associated with the Battle of Britain.