Fans of our Hogwarts Express train have been asking us to deliver the locomotive in a more prototypical scheme. With the sleek lines and brilliant colors of this British steam locomotive, it’s no wonder.
The Great Western’s Hall Class enjoyed a long production and career. In total, 259 of the 4-6-0s were built between 1924 and 1943. Additional locomotives of a modified design to cope with diminished coal quality were built up until 1950. The Ten Wheelers found service in both passenger and freight assignments.
All but one of the locomotives (destroyed during World War II) passed from the Great Western to the unified British Railways in 1948. All were retired from active service by 1965. Eleven have been preserved, including No. 4983, the Albert Hall. Well, at least partially!
During major overhauls, it was not uncommon for parts from multiple locomotives to be combined to speed repairs and cut costs. Rebuilt in 1962, Albert Hall contained many parts, including the tender, from No. 4965 Rood Ashton Hall. In subsequent restorations, the switch was uncovered and the locomotive now carries the Rood Ashton Hall name and number (although one side has since been given the Albert Hall plate as well.) The locomotive is a regular on the Shakespeare Express between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham.
This new Lionel set captures the grace of the original train and should bring a touch of class to any railroad. Controlled by the LionChief Remote, the new train is easy to control and comes with many great features:
- Electric locomotive controlled by remote
- Operating headlight
- Puffing smoke with ON/OFF switch
- RailSounds RC with steam chuffing and background sounds, whistle, bell and user-activated announcements
- ON/OFF switch for steam chuff and background sounds (all other sounds are only activated by pressing the buttons)
- Operating coupler on rear of tender
- Maintenance-free motor
- Cab window “glass”
- Die-cast metal locomotive body and tender frame
- Two traction tires
- Separately applied details including buffers, coupler air lines, brake stands, marker lamps and valve gear
The user-friendly LionChief remote features a single forward/reverse/speed control knob and three separate buttons for the whistle, bell and announcements. The sounds for this set will have a distinctly British flair, from the shrill whistle to the crew dialog. The remote requires three AAA batteries, not included.
Trailing behind the Albert Hall are three passenger cars in the sublime chocolate and cream livery of the Great Western. The combination and two coaches feature interior illumination, window silhouettes, die-cast metal trucks and operating couplers and soft diaphragms on the ends. An additional combination / coach 2-car add-on set is also available separately.
The set also includes a 40″ x 60″ oval of FasTrack and a wall-pack power supply – everything you need to get started. Retail for the set is $399.99. The add-on passenger cars are $129.99. See you local Lionel dealer to order one today!