OO Gauge Era 3
LNER J72 Class 2313 LNER Lined Black Built: 1898 – 1951Built for: NER / LNER / BRDesigned by: Wilson WorsdellDuties: shunting and station pilotWheels: 0-6-0T Highlights• All-new model• Realistic fire-box flicker• Sprung buffers• Pre-fitted speaker for ease of Digital Sound installation HistoryThe 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 atDarlington and Doncaster Works and by the Armstrong-Whitworth Company. 85 J72s were built, the last LNER versions in 1925, then, after nationalization, between1949-1951, British Railways built a further batch of 28 identical to the original 1898design making a class total of 113. During the late ‘40s, a number of J72s were fitted with vacuum braking, enabling them towork on station pilots and carriage shunting duties.