The National Collection’s famous Gresley ‘A3’ became a must-have addition to the roster for our modern era layout, West Coast Cement. MIKE WILD explains how he installed a Zimo sound decoder, stay alive, speaker and firebox flicker into the popular Hornby ‘Pacific’.

Flying Scotsman digital sound installation
Above: 60103 thunders through Topley Dale on test at the head of a rake of BR Mk 1 stock. It will be hauling the same load on West Coast Cement at exhibitions.

FOR ME THE GRESLEY ‘A3s’ looked at their best when they had German style smoke deflectors and the lower numberplate position, and I’ve admired the recent restoration of the National Collection’s sole-surviving ‘A3’, 60103 Flying Scotsman in this guise. There is something about the livery combination and those front-end details that just fit together, although I know that plenty of enthusiasts will disagree with me.

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