An ex-shop display model. This Class 4F 00 gauge example especially developed by “Hornby Model Railways” as part of their recent series. This LMS Fowler 0-6-0T Class 4F locomotive no.4418 is being offered in a black livery. This version is Hornby’s alternative BR Black example model reference R2193.
The London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Fowler 4F is a class of 0-6-0 steam locomotive designed for medium freight work. They represent the ultimate development of Midland Railway’s six coupled tender engines. Many trainspotters knew them as “Duck Sixes”, a nickname derived from their wheel arrangement.
The 4F was based on the 197-strong Midland Railway 3835 Class of 1911, with only a few modifications, primarily the adoption of left-hand drive in favour of right-hand drive. They originally had been designed by Henry Fowler, who from 1925 became CME of the LMS.
The LMS constructed 530 of the locomotives between 1923 and 1928, numbered sequentially from where the Midland engines left off from 4027. A further 45 examples were reluctantly authorised by William Stanier in 1937 at the behest of the operating department.