N Gauge Farish 372-730 BR Standard 5MT BR1C Tender 73065 BR Lined Black Loco
372-730 BR Standard 5MT BR1C Tender 73065 BR Lined Black Loco. Brand new item from our New Yorkshire model railway shop. Pristine BR Lined Black (Early Emblem) livery. Coupled to a BR1C Tender. DCC Ready (It is NOT DCC fitted). Equipped with a Next18 DCC Decoder Socket. The BR Standard Class 5MT locomotives were constructed between 1951 and 1957, under the direction of R. Drawing inspiration from the LMS's Stanier 5MT'Black 5s', the'Standard 5' had higher running boards and modern features like roller bearings, mechanical lubricators, self-cleaning fireboxes, hopper ashpans and rocking fire grates. In all 172 examples were built at BR's Derby and Doncaster Works and the Class was widely distributed, with locomotives being allocated to every region of the BR network. The 5MTs were coupled to a variety of tenders according to the needs of each region and the routes undertaken, for instance those allocated to the Southern Region received tender types with a greater water capacity than some delivered to the Midland Region, due to the lack of water troughs on the electrified Southern network. A significant engineering innovation was the fitting of the BR Caprotti valve gear to 30 members of the class - this part proved to be more mechanically efficient than the standard Walschaerts valve gear and the Caprotti locomotives were consequently more powerful for their size. Twenty of the Southern Region locomotives were named in 1959, with each name being transferred from SR King Arthur Class locomotives that were being withdrawn. Withdrawals of the Standard 5s commenced in 1964 with just 23 surviving until 1968, when, with steam coming to an end on BR, the final examples were withdrawn. Five locomotives have however been preserved, including one fitted with Caprotti valve gear, and all have steamed in the preservation era.