Commemerative Pewter Model
To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Bachmann Brand, Bachmann Europe have announced the production of a commemorative Pewter model of Locomotion number 1.
This highly detailed O gauge model weighs approximately 800 Grams and is presented in a clear display case. Only 1750 of these models will be produced world wide.
Available at your local Bachmann stockist. Recommended Retail price is £129.95, catalogue number is 175-2008
Locomotion No. 1 is an early British steam locomotive. Built by Robert Stephenson and Company in 1825, it hauled the first train on the Stockton and Darlington Railway on September 27 1825.
It was effectively a beam engine on wheels with vertical cylinders. It was one of the first locomotives to use coupling rods rather than chains to drive its 0-4-0 wheel arrangement.
In 1828 the boiler exploded, killing the driver. With advances in design such as those incorporated into Stephenson's Rocket, Locomotion became obsolete very quickly. It was rebuilt and remained in service until 1841 when it was turned into a stationary engine. In 1857 it was preserved. Locomotion No 1 was on display in Alfred Kitching's workshop near Hopetown Carriage Works from 1857 to the 1880s. From 1892 to 1975 it was on display on one of the platforms at Darlington's main station, Bank Top. The locomotive is now on display at the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, located in the same building as Darlington's North Road railway station, on long-term loan from the National Railway Museum. It is now part of the National Collection. There is a replica of the locomotive at Beamish Museum.
Image courtesy of Darlington Railway Centre and Museum