City of Liverpool locomotive 46247 (Hornby Dublo 3226)
City of Liverpool locomotive 46247 (Hornby Dublo 3226)The similar two-rail "City of London" loco, 1959 image. The 1959 text still referred to the "Montrose" model being the corresponding three-rail version (i)
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The "City of Liverpool" model appeared in around 1961 (or at least, after the 1959 Hornby Dublo Book of Trains). It was based on the recently-designed maroon Dublo two-rail 46245 City of London model (Dublo 2226), and was the replacement for the earlier green three-rail Duchess of Montrose Dublo loco.
It was "welcomed" in an editorial article in Meccano Magazine in the December 1961 issue, "Co-Bo Diesel Is Here – And A New Pacific" (the "City of Liverpool" being the "New Pacific" loco referred to in the title).
The choice of "City of Liverpool" for the last Dublo three-rail passenger steam loco model to be released was appropriate, given that Meccano Ltd. was in Liverpool, and Frank Hornby had been very much a Liverpool man. One might imagine that if the company was already showing signs of potentially being in trouble, selecting the "Liverpool" Duchess-Class loco may have been a symbolic act.
The original locomotive
Although this locomotive was originally built in 1943 with streamlining, its streamlined casing was removed in 1947. This post-war model is of its non-streamlined incarnation.
- "Co-Bo Diesel Is Here – And A New Pacific", Meccano Magazine December 1961, p456-457
- Hornby Dublo 3-Rail 3226 Loco No.46247 City of Liverpool (rorylofthouse.co.uk)