We are a long established Model Railway Shop in Halesowen, West Midlands with excellent connections to M5 Jct.3 & 4.
All the above would not be possible without the enormous support of the volunteers who help to keep the shop running! We thank them very much.
By supporting the small local Model Shop you keep it alive on the High St.
With so much more in the shop than what is online, we're always worth a visit when you are passing!
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This is a R3509TTS BR 4-6-2 'City of Birmingham' Princess Coronation Class (Modified) with TTS Sound manufactured by Hornby.
The demands of maintaining the streamlined form of the Princess Coronation Class exceeded the cost savings to the LMS in coal and in October 1945 the decision was taken to remove the streamlining. No.6235 City of Birmingham began this process in April 1946 and because the smokeboxes were angled down between the chimney and door to accommodate the sweep of the streamlined casing, the locomotives retained this look once the casing was removed. Eventually the raked smokeboxes were replaced with conventional smokeboxes, so that by late 1958 the majority of the fleet showed a similar appearance, although all the defrocked locomotives had the split platform 'utility' front end.
The class began to be withdrawn from service in December 1962 and by October 1964 all thirty eight had been withdrawn. Fortunately, three locomotives were saved for preservation; No.6229 Duchess of Hamilton, No.6233 Duchess of Sutherland and No.6235 City of Birmingham.
No.46235 City of Birmingham was built with streamlining at Crewe and entered traffic there on July 1, 1939, finally being withdrawn from service in 1964. The locomotive was prepared by British Railways for preservation and following storage at Nuneaton MPD and the locomotive was moved to the Birmingham Museum of Science and Industry, which was built around the locomotive. Later, after closure of that museum, City of Birmingham was moved to Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum in 1997.
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