A brand new 00 gauge example especially developed by “Bachmann Branchline” as part of their LATEST 21 DCC READY series. This GWR 3200 Class is in BR Black Early Emblem with running number 9017 model reference 31-086. This locomotive is boxed brand new and complete without exception! Includes original service sheets inner card and sealed accessories.
The Great Western Railway 3200 Class (or ‘Earl’ Class) was a design of 4-4-0 steam locomotive for passenger train work. The nickname for this class, almost universally used at the time these engines were in service was Dukedog since the locomotives were composed of former Duke Class boilers on Bulldog Class frames.
The GWR absorbed the Cambrian Railways in 1923, but with the Cambrian main line being lightly built, permanent way restrictions debarred the use of heavier locomotives, meaning that only a few classes of GWR locomotive were allowed to run over it, including the Duke Class.
However, by the 1930s the Duke class engines were past their estimated life, and in particular the frames were in poor condition. At the same time the heavier Bulldog Class was becoming redundant and being withdrawn, and later members of this class had an improved straight topped frame design.