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I was interested to see a second hand Hornby 2-6-4 tank engine on display.... (straight boiler, could be Ref R2738 ) Loco colour black, with "BRITISH RAILWAYS" in large white letters emblazened along the tank side. I have not seen this before and wondered if it referred to an actual prototype. The model had the appearance of a factory finish. Could anyone comment on this please.
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Before the newly formed nationalised network management had the well known 'Lion on a unicycle' emblem designed, locos needing repaint were simply lettered 'BRITISH RAILWAYS'. Whether this is specifically authentic to the particular loco represented would need a photo to be sure, but it is generically representative of how many locos appeared between 1948 and about 1952.
 

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There is one in the Hornby range. It's a Fowler 4P number 43322 with British Railways in the block script on the tender sides. Hornby catalogue number is R2398. This is sold out at Hornby so if a dealer still has one I'd grab it.

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Hello Charles

I have one in stock
. Nice runner when I tested it too!

Richard
 
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