Bachmann 31-063 Class E1 2173 NER Lined Green
Built: 1898 – 1951
Built for: NER / LNER / BR
Designed by: Wilson Worsdell
Duties: shunting and station pilot
• Realistic fire-box flicker
• Sprung buffers
• Pre-fitted speaker for ease of Digital Sound installation
The J72 Class of tank engine possess the unique record of having been constructed at varying periods, over a span of 54 years under three railway company ownerships: NER, LNER and BR.
Designed by T.W.Worsdell, and originally designated Class E1 by him, the J72 was introduced in 1898 for light goods and shunting duties. They were a further development of the near-identical J71 Class, which had slightly larger diameter wheels, and were built at
Darlington and Doncaster Works and by the Armstrong-Whitworth Company.
85 J72s were built, the last LNER versions in 1925, then, after nationalization, between
1949-1951, British Railways built a further batch of 28 identical to the original 1898
design making a class total of 113.
During the late ‘40s, a number of J72s were fitted with vacuum braking, enabling them to
work on station pilots and carriage shunting duties.
This model is primarily used for shunting and station piloting.
It has a realistic fire-box flicker, sprung buffers and is pre-fitted with a speaker for ease of digital sound installation.
The Bachmann 36-567 DCC decoder is recommended.