BR Standards

BR Standards at 70

2021 marks 70 years since the first of the 999 BR Standard design steam locomotives entered service with the arrival of 'Britannia' 4-6-2 70000 Britannia. In a special series of features we highlight the Standard story, investigate the models, showcase train formations and more.

First Look: Hornby's all-new '9F'

Hornby’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard ‘9F’ 2-10-0 is progressing with Engineering Prototype (EP) samples arriving with the manufacturer in late 2021 for inspection.

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BR’s unique ‘Pacific’ Duke of Gloucester

Although it was a failure in service and lasted a mere eight years with BR, Duke of Gloucester has been transformed into a phenomenally powerful masterpiece in its preservation career. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks back at the history of this remarkable, and unique, engine.

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With his trademark weathering and detailing, TIM SHACKLETON looks at some of the subtle variations that exist among these supposedly standardised classes.

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BR Standard Survey

A vast array of BR Standards are currently available across ‘OO’, ‘N’ and ‘O’ gauge, as MARK CHIVERS outlines.

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BR Standard history

British Railways’ Standard steam engines were amongst the most advanced ever built in this country, yet were destined to have short lives. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks into their development, and examines how each class came to be built.

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BR Standard train formations

As British Railways’ new Standard steam locomotives began to appear in the early 1950s, they were soon pressed into service, replacing older motive power in the process. MARK CHIVERS presents a selection of typical BR Standard train formations from the 1950s and 1960s which you can replicate in ‘OO’ gauge.

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WITH HORNBY’S Centenary year drawing to a close, the manufacturer delivered another of its special commemorative models during November with the arrival of speciallypackaged ‘OO’ gauge BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0 92220 Evening Star in BR lined green with late crests.

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The ‘Britannia’ 4-6-2s were the largest fleet of ‘Pacifics’ in the BR Standard series. MIKE WILD installs a Doehler & Haass 8-pin decoder loaded with Locoman Sounds’ new ‘Britannia’ sound file in the Hornby ‘OO’ gauge model with the addition of extra lighting functions.

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60 years of Evenıng Star

Sixty years ago this month a name was attached to the last steam engine to be built for British Railways. That name was Evening Star, and the locomotive on which it was mounted was to become one of the most famous in UK railway history, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES recalls.

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Evening Star digital sound

The BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0s were one of the most impressive of the Riddles Standard designs and the last was built in March 1960 - 92220 Evening Star. MIKE WILD looks to the Bachmann model and shows how a twin speaker setup can be added together with stay alive and firebox flicker.