Hardwicke, LNWR Locomotive 790 (2.5 inch gauge)
Hardwicke, LNWR Locomotive 790 (2.5 inch gauge)(i)
The model was built circa 1955.
The original locomotive
The F.W. Webb-designed 790 Hardwicke was built at Crewe Works in 1873 and was used in the 1895 "Race to the North". It was renumbered 5031 after it became part of the LMS stock.
It was withdrawn in 1932, and entered the NRM's collection in 1975. It had a brief spell on the national network again in 1976 for a number of heritage runs, including making a "double-header" with Midland Railway 1000.
The original locomotive is preserved and on display at the National Railway Museum, at their Shildon site, as part of the "Locomotion" display.
- LNWR Hardwicke no.790 (geograph.org.uk)
- LNWR Improved Precedent Class (wikipedia.org)
- LNWR Renewed Precedent class 790 Hardwicke, Wikimedia Commons (commons.wikimedia.org) - photographs