LNER/BR ‘Thompson’ B1 4-6-0
Edward Thompson succeeded Gresley in April 1941 as Chief Mechanical Engineer of the LNER. His plan was to introduce a series of standard designs to fulfill the current requirements of the LNER. What was needed at the time was a good hard working, mixed traffic, two cylinder 4-6-0 locomotive. One of Thompson’s first design to meet these requirements was the B1 Class, a War time engine that proved to be very successful in handling the increased volume of traffic, both passenger and freight in those very difficult and uncertain times. The two cylinder layout of the B1’s were most welcome to the Maintenance and Running Shed Departments, after struggling to keep the three cylinder engines in good running order under War time conditions. The first ten B1’s were turned out by Darlington Works, No.8301 “Springbok” being the first in 1942. Following on from the highly successful Peppercorn A1, Gresley V2 and Britannia Class 7 models the Thompson B1 will be completely designed and manufactured in our own UK factory. It will Include the powerful Slaters GB14 motor/gearbox, Slaters wheels and is fully painted and lined and comes with a full 12 months factory warranty.
Available Locomotive Numbers; 8301/1000/61000 – 1011/61011 (Lap joint sided LNER Group Standard 4,200g tender) 1190/61190 – 61399 (Flush sided LNER Group Standard 4,200g tender)
Original 1946 BR Name
8301 1000 61000 Springbok
8302 1001 61001 Eland
8303 1002 61002 Impala
8304 1003 61003 Gazelle
8305 1004 61004 Oryx
8306 1005 61005 Bongo
8307 1006 61006 Blackbuck
8308 1007 61007 Klipspringer
8309 1008 61008 Kudu
8310 1009 61009 Hartebeeste
– 1010 61010 Wildebeeste
– 1011 61011 Waterbuck
– 1215 61215 William Henton Carver
– 1221 61221 Sir Alexander Erskine-Hall
– 1237 61237 Geoffrey H Kitson
– 1238 61238 Leslie Runciman
– 1240 61240 Harry Hinchliffe
– 1241 61241 Viscount Ridley
– 1242 61242 Alexander Reith Gray
– 1243 61243 Sir Harold Mitchell
– 1244 61244 Strang Steel
– 1245 61245 Murray of Elibank
– 1246 61246 Lord Balfour of Burleigh
– 1247 61247 Lord Burghley
– 1248 61248 Geoffrey Gibbs
– 1249 61249 Fitzherbert Wright
– 1250 61250 A. Harold Bibby
– 1251 61251 Oliver Bury
DJH Model Loco Ready to Run
All DJH Model Loco ready to runs are handbuilt to the customers specification – allowing for personalisation of shed number, name and locomotive number. For each model, we offer a range of liveries to match various periods and classes. As an optional extra, you can also add sound and smoke effects to your ready to run for an additional cost.
All DJH models have been designed with an extremely high attention to detail and built to the scale of the original model. During the design process, our Research and Development team examine archived drawings to replicate the most intricate details of the original model – even down to the number of rivets used!
Handcrafted by our incredibly skilled team of model builders, toolmakers and craftsmen, all ready to runs are handbuilt to order at our modern factory based in Consett, County Durham. Using high quality materials such as pewter and brass, DJH Model Loco models are extremely durable and built to last.
All DJH ready to runs are complete with Slaters motor/gearbox and wheelset. Other features include – fully painted locomotive backhead, real coal used in the tender, working screwlink couplings and fully glazed windows.
The standard minimum radius is 6ft /1800mm. If you require a lower radius, please specify when enquiring about your ready to run.