Locomotion Models announced at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition today (23rd November 2019) that it has commissioned a OO scale model of a Great Western Railway 94XX Class 0-6-0T No. 9400 from Bachmann Europe Plc.
The popular ‘94XX’ Class 0-6-0 pannier tank was the last GWR-designed steam locomotive. The ﬁrst ten were turned out in the company’s Middle Chrome Green by Swindon before nationalisation. The remaining 200 were built for British Railways and were delivered in unlined black livery by outside contractors Robert Stephenson, Yorkshire Engine Co. and W.G Bagnall between 1949 and 1956, with minor detail differences. All were capable of steam-heating coaching stock.
They were a development of the numerous ‘57XX/8750’ Class, designed for secondary mixed-trafﬁc and shunting duties, with an instruction from the GWR’s General Manager, Sir James Milne, that they should be of more modern appearance than the traditional GW pannier tank. Withdrawals began in 1959 with the ﬁnal survivor remaining in trafﬁc into 1965, and as a result only a limited number of the class received the BR late crest.
No. 9400 was delivered in February 1947 along with No. 9401. No. 9400 was initially allocated to Swindon shed but soon found itself in the London area working empty coaching stock between Old Oak Common and London Paddington. After a short working life of just 12 years, No. 9400 was withdrawn from Old Oak Common depot on 31st December 1959 for preservation. No. 9400 is part of the National Collection and is currently on loan to STEAM Museum, Swindon.
A second locomotive No. 9466 was privately preserved and is now based at the West Somerset Railway.
The model has reached the livery stage and delivery is expected in Quarter 3, 2020. The model is DCC READY and is fitted with a NEXT 18 Decoder socket. No. 9400 can be pre-ordered for £30 (expected price is estimated at £129.95) through the Locomotion Models website at www.locomotionmodels.com