Offering AN EX SHOP display 00 gauge example locomotive especially developed by “Bachmann” as part of their latest DCC fitted series. This WD 2-8-0 Austerity Class locomotive is being offered in Wartime Black livery model reference model 32-260DC
This example is complete in every respect which includes factory packaging and locomotive picture card and sealed accessory pack and service sheet
The War Department (WD) “Austerity” 2-8-0 is a type of heavy freight steam locomotive that was introduced in 1943 for war service. A total of 935 were built, making this one of the most-produced classes of British steam locomotive.
The Austerity 2-8-0 was based on the LMS Class 8F which until that point had been the government’s standard design. Various modifications were made to the 8F design by R.A.Riddles in order to prioritise low cost over design life. These included a boiler of simpler construction which was parallel rather than tapered and a round-topped firebox rather than a Belpaire firebox. The firebox was made of steel rather than the rarer and more expensive copper.