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Hornby "FLYING SCOTSMAN" A3 LNER 4-6-2 LTD EDITION 18CT GOLD Ref: R2146

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LOCOMOTIVE BRAND NEW - BOX / PACKAGING BRAND NEW
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A brand new 00 gauge example especially developed by "Hornby Model Railways" as a limited edition series to celebrate the MILLENNIUM 2000. This LNER 4-6-2 Class A3 locomotive no.103 is being offered in LNER Apple Green. This version is adorned with 18ct Gold Plated parts and comes complete in its own silk lined presentation box with numbered certificate. 

This example is perfect in every respect! STILL SEALED AS IT LEFT THE FACTORY!

The London and North Eastern Railway LNER Gresley Classes A1 and A3 locomotives represented two distinct stages in the history of the British 4-6-2 "Pacific" steam locomotives designed by Nigel Gresley. They were designed for main line passenger services, initially on the Great Northern Railway (GNR), a constituent company of the London and North Eastern Railway after the amalgamation of 1923, for which they became a standard design.

The change in class designation to A3 reflected the fitting to the same chassis of a higher pressure boiler with a greater superheating surface and a small reduction in cylinder diameter, leading to an increase in locomotive weight. Eventually all of the A1 locomotives were rebuilt to A3 specifications.

The names for the locomotives came from a variety of sources. The first, Great Northern, was named after its parent company. Others were given the names of high-ranking railway officials, but most were given the names of famous racehorses.