BR, J36 Class, 0-6-0, 65311 'Haig' - Era 5

BR, J36 Class, 0-6-0, 65311 'Haig' - Era 5


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BR, J36 Class, 0-6-0, 65311 'Haig' - Era 5

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In 1887, Matthew Holmes, Locomotive Superintendent of the North British Railway, decided to stop building goods locomotives with 17” cylinders and replace them with a larger class than the previous Drummonds. Utilising the same wheelbase and firebox as the Drummond 17” but with a new standard boiler, the first six NBR Class C locomotives were introduced in 1888 and such was their success that by 1900, 168 locomotives had been built.

65311 Haig was built at Cowlairs in March 1899 and was rebuilt by the North British Railway in April 1921 using the new standard boiler.Numbered as 753 by the NBR this locomotive was not part of the ROD contingent, but with the withdrawal of the original Haig, No.650, in April 1951, 753 (now numbered as 65311) was unofficially named Haig in its place whilst at Craigentinny, during the summer of 1953.


Hornby is a household name and is famous as the UK's brand leader in the model railway hobby with its high quality 00 gauge (1:76) models and accessories.

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Gauge 00
DCC Type DCC Ready
Period Era 4 (1948 - 1956)
Operator/Livery Early BR, Plain Black
Designer Matthew Holmes
Entered Service 1891
Minimum Curve 2nd Radius + (438mm)
Age Suitability 14+
Motor 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive
Wheel Configuration 0-6-0

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First Scottish steam loco - and top marks!

My long awaited J36, Haig, arrived (just) before New Year. In my view, this sets new standards for the hobby. And I'll tell you why...
1. It's flawless. Perfect detail accurately cast mostly in metal, neat printing, and detailed cab.
2. It worked (silently) from the box.
Taking poor "Haig" apart - as I always do 'cause I'm curious - revealed a new type of motor. No more obvious wires held down by sticky insulating tape, but neat concealed wiring. Tiny motor neatly sandwiched between two brass flywheels, and an equally tiny gearbox at the cab end. The tender, this time mainly in plastic, is more normal Hornby design, with an 8pin DCC socket and recess below the weight for a 28mm speaker. If you wish to install sound as I do, watch out - the shallow form of the tender means space for sound chip and "stay alive" module is tight but by no means impossible.
Meantime, I've installed a Hatton's direct 8 pin DCC chip to enable operation on my layout. Very simple - and all is well.

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