11 April 2012
Bachmann Branchline in partnership with the National Railway Museum today announce that the production of the D11/1 Class locomotive “Butler Henderson”, which is part of the National Collection, is well advanced and has reached the stage, where the complex Great Central Railway livery is being applied to the already tooled model.
Following the announcement earlier this month that Bachmann Branchline is to produce a LNER D11/2 “Scottish Director” 4-4-0 Class locomotive, both the National Railway Museum and Bachmann Europe have been inundated with enquiries regarding the prospect of the Great Central Railway (LNER D11/1) version.
In making this announcement earlier than intended, the model is well developed but will not be available until later this year. “Butler Henderson” will be the fourth in the “Exclusive Edition” model series and will only be available through the National Railway Museum shop at York, on-line from nrmshop.co.uk or from Locomotion at Shildon.
Steve Davies, Director at the National Railway Museum said today “we are delighted that once again we are able to produce an “Exclusive Edition” model of yet another of the National Railway Museum’s iconic locomotives. It has been under development for over 2 years and we are confident that members of the public will be impressed by the high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail that Bachmann have put into creating this model”.
Eleven D11/1 Class locomotives were introduced by the Great Central Railway between 1919 and 1922 and were known as “Improved Directors”. No. 506 was built at the Great Central Railway works at Gorton and was named “Butler Henderson” after company director Eric Butler-Henderson the son of Lord Farringdon, Chairman of the Great Central Railway from 1899 until 1922. No. 506 is currently located at Barrow Hill.
Due to the increased loading gauge of the Great Central Main Line, which was built to the Continental loading gauge, these locomotives differed from the already announced Scottish Directors (D11/2) by having taller chimneys, domes and cabs. The GCR locomotives were also fitted with tender water scoops.
The model can be pre-ordered the cost is from £130.00 plus postage and packaging and can be pre-ordered from by telephone on 0151 650 6062. Further information on expected delivery will be made available on our online store. Every purchase helps support the museum.