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NRM LNER Green 'Flying Scotsman' 4-6-2 Loco Circa June 2004


Hornby Railways R2441



The Flying Scotsman was named fter the
run between London and Edinburgh which started in 1862. The journey made
by the Scotch Express or Flying Scotchman took 10½ hours to reach Edinburgh Waverley
from London Kings Cross including a 30 minute meal break at York and a “comfort” break at Newcastle.

In
1923, after the first war and in the last years of the Great Northern Railway came the introduction of a class of engine from which would become
world famous. The A3, designed by Sir Nigel Gresley and built for the Great Northern Railway in 1923.
Initially the locomotive was given a GNR number1472N but carried the London & North Eastern Railway
Company initials and it was not named. Shortly after, it was renumbered 4472 to fit in with the LNER numbering system.

4472
was named Flying Scotsman in 1924 as it was seen to be the flagship of the
LNER. All other locos in the class were named after race horses.

In
1928, a non-stop service from London to Scotland was introduced, taking
around 8 hours to make the journey.

In
1934 the locomotive was selected to run a special train including a dynamometer
car in order to brake the 100 mph barrier

During
World War II, the Flying Scotsman service continued to leave London at 10.00 am everyday hauled by the A3 pacifics, including Flying Scotsman . It was renumbered three more times, 502, 103 and E103 but remained best known as Flying Scotsman No. 4472.

In 1948 the railways were nationalised and Flying Scotsman
(BR 60103) eventually finished her work in 1963.

The
Flying Scotsman spent 41 years in private hands, and is now part of the
public collection at the National Rail Museum, York.

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The LNER steam locomotive 4-6-2 No 4472 Flying Scotsman,
built 1923 at Doncaster

Works, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Standing at York Station prior to its departure

for Scarborough. August 2004. Photo: NRM.






The Hornby Railways model R2441. Released: December 2005. Price:
£76.50.

Model Specification: Length: 293mm; Running No: 4472 'Flying Scotsman'; Livery: LNER green; Period: Current; Features: Fixed rear wheel assembly, NEM couplings, DCC ready; Finish: Pristine; Motor: 5 pole skew wound, loco drive.

Suitable Rolling Stock: R4170A LNER 61ft
6in Corridor Brake Coach, R4171A LNER 61ft 6in Corridor 1st Class Coach, R4172A
LNER 61ft 6in Corridor 3rd Class Coach, R4173A LNER 61ft 6in Buffet Car, R4174A
LNER 61ft 6in Corridor 1st Class Sleeper Coach.

This is a very fine model.
It has an immaculate finish and intricate detail. The box is sumptuous
with good graphics and photos and the packaging is well made giving the
impression that something precious is contained within. It certainly
is precious and with it's detailed parts fitted it would look great in any
display case.

But as this model has a motor and HO/OO specification
wheels, I bought it to run on my track so on it went coupled to a train of Gresley
teak coaches. It looks great and certainly looks the part. I'll let the
photos below convey the beauty of the model.

Click on the photos of the model for a
larger view.






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Fitting a Decoder

As I wanted to get the most out of the loco and
run it with others in my collection, I fitted a Lenz LE1014W Ultra-Thin Drive-Select DCC Decoder (LE1014W product
manual
). I had bought a handful of these decoders to fit to some DCC
not-ready locos so they didn't have the NEM 652
(NMRA Medium) plug. I had some spare NEM plugs so I soldered one on to
the decoder and simply plugged it in. I tested it before putting the body back
and it worked perfectly first time. Very smooth operation.

I must say here that getting the body off and
back on is a bit of a pain. The body has a number of very fragile parts including
the smoke deflectors, pipe work, rails and cab doors. The front bogy has to be
removed to access the front screw that holds the body to the chassis. The speedo
also has to be removed using an axel socket tool. I used a Peco loco holder to
hold the body that is very tight on the chassis. Upside-down, once the front
screw is out, the chassis is raised from the front and moved forward to remove
from the body.

You can't secure a DCC chip to the chassis as
it is too wide. So it is best to use the protective sleeve that is provided and
slip the chip into the boiler above the chassis, fold in the excess wires, the
replace the chassis.



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Note: there is a seam in the boiler
plastic above the front driving wheel. On the inside, you see it joins the black
plastic to the green plastic. Don't place the decoder chip under this seam as it
could cause enough pressure to crack the seam. This is what happened to my
model, but I suspect that there wasn't enough glue to begin with on the joint.

I
have subsequently repaired the crack, but have damaged other parts in the
process. It is all very fragile. Perhaps think about adding some rapid
epoxy to the inside of the boiler seam from the inside before you install
a decoder. I'll do this next time.

The
detailed steam pipes and the front connecting cables that you can add to
the model prevent the free movement of the front bogey. If you want to run
the model on your layout, I would suggest keeping these items in the box.



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Testing the installation

Place the locomotive on the programming
track (without its body on) and read
the loco address (CV1). If you have installed the decoder correctly,
you should now be able to read the address
(3= factory default for the LE1014W). If you
are not able to do so, it is possible that you have made a mistake
when connecting the cables. Do not
subject the loco to full running track power until you
obtain
the correct "03" address read-out.
If there is a problem, recheck your
cables and connections.


DCC CV Settings
for the 'Flying Scotsman' Locomotive
using the LE1014W decoder
CV172Address (The loco
number)
CV28Minimum Speed (V Min at
step 1)
CV34Acceleration delay
(0-15)
CV44Brake Delay (0-15)
CV2922Default = 6,
but to enable Speed curve selection, use a value of 22
CV67Speed
Curve Table (See below


to

CV94


The rest of the CV's are left
untouched (factory default).



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Conclusion

I
have said how I feel about this locomotive. It is very good indeed. Many
modelers will already have an older 'Flying Scotsman' so may not feel the
need to get this model, but let me assure you that you may desire it still
for all it's detail and charm. Be careful how you handle the loco and I'm
sure you'll enjoy many years running it on your layout.

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- December 2005



All text, photos & graphics ©2005
Doug Teggin - All rights reserved.

 
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