Model - Hornby O Gauge Electric 4-4-0 Tender Engine, County of Bedford GWR

Production date
1934
Country
England
State/Province
Merseyside
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Description
An O gauge tinplate model of a GWR County Class 4-4-0 Tender Locomotive. The boiler and cab are painted green. The smokebox, footplate, running board, cab roof, wheels and piston are painted black. The front buffer beam is painted red. The tender unit has six wheels. Its body is painted green and its frame is painted black. The locomotive is powered by an electric motor.
Classification
CH classification TRANSPORT Railways Model Locomotive
Maker
Production date
1934
Production place
Measurements
Whole: L405mm
Locomotive: L245 x W70 x H100mm
Tender: L170 x W58 x H75mm
Media/Materials description
Tin
Steel
Paint
Signature/Marks
COUNTY OF BEDFORD
3821
HORNBY
TH
R.
20V
HORNBY/ MADE IN ENGLAND/ MECCANO LTD./
GWR
MADE IN ENGLAND/ BY/ MECCANO LTD./ HORNBY SERIES/
History and use
This O Gauge Electric 4-4-0 Tender Engine was produced by Meccano Ltd in the 1930s as part of their Hornby brand of toy trains. It is manufactured from tin sheeting folded and pressed into shape, painted and marked with transfers. It is from the collection of O Gauge Tinplate Trains owned by Clive McTaggart.

Hornby O gauge Trains were produced by Meccano Ltd between 1920 and the mid-1960s. Capitalising on anti-German sentiment and a demand for British made products in the aftermath of the First World War; Frank Hornby expanded his Meccano factory in Liverpool England to produce toy trains. Named after their creator, the Hornby range developed into a comprehensive model railway system that included locomotives, rolling stock, track, signals, buildings, figures and scenery. The range developed over the 1920s and 1930s but production halted during World War Two as the factory’s resources were directed to war work. The line was revived after the war but with a significantly reduced range. Production ceased in the mid-1960s. Hornby trains were exported to countries around the world, including Australia.This locomotive is based on the ‘County’ Class Locomotives produced for the Great Western Railway in Britain between 1904 and 1906 with a further batch being built in 1911-12. The locomotives were used on express passenger trains. All had been withdraw from service and scrapped by 1933.

Clive McTaggart was born in Brisbane on the 16th of February, 1921. A pilot with the RAAF during World War II he worked ferrying aircraft between America and Australia, as well as flying combat and air/sea rescue missions. After the war he pursued his keen interest in model railways, organising displays and exhibitions, as well as operating one of Australia’s first dedicated model railway stores Austral Modelcraft out of his home in Ekibin. Whilst Clive had little spare time to build a model railway of his own he did collect O gauge tinplate trains produced between the 1920s and 1960s. Hornby products make up the bulk of this collection, but it also includes locomotives and rolling stock produced by Australian and German manufacturers.

Clive passed away on 29 May 1989. His business, Austral Modelcraft was sold to his friends Ray and Eileen Nunn who continued the business from a shopfront in Brisbane suburb Mount Gravatt East.
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Registration number
R6671

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