Class E4 0-6-2T No. 473 'Birch Grove' in LB&SCR Umber Livery

Code: 35-076K

OO Scale Class E4 'Birch Grove'

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Class E4 0-6-2T No. 473 'Birch Grove' in LB&SCR Umber Livery

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This Bachmann Collectors Club limited edition OO scale steam locomotive comes in the form of the London Brighton & South Coast Railway E4 Class 0-6-2T No. 473 ‘Birch Grove’. Designed by Robert Billinton, the E4 was essentially a larger version of the E3 Class; the E4 being the most numerous of the LBSCR’s ‘E’ family of tank locomotives with 75 built at Brighton Works between 1897 and 1903.

Entering traffic in 1898, No. 473 was named ‘Birch Grove’ after the small hamlet north of Horsted Keynes, following the tradition of naming LBSCR locomotives after towns and villages in the vicinity of the railway. Initially outshopped in Stroudley’s infamous ‘Improved Engine Green’ livery, No. 473 received a new boiler in 1912 along with a repaint into LBSCR Umber livery. Passing into Southern Railway ownership in 1923, the locomotive carried the numbers B473 and 2473 in this period. In February 1948 the locomotive received the running number s2473 along with ‘British Railways’ sunshine lettering following the nationalisation of the big four railway companies to create British Railways. In April 1951 the running number 32473 was applied and this number would be carried for the remainder of 473’s time in revenue earning service.

Withdrawn from active service in 1962, the locomotive was purchased by the Bluebell Railway, arriving on 16th October that year. Upon arrival the locomotive was quickly repainted into LBSCR Umber livery and put into service, operating for almost nine years before withdrawal in 1971. With the boiler in need of major repair work, the overhaul of No. 473 was protracted but some 27 years later in 1998 the locomotive returned to steam, resplendent in LBSCR Umber livery and sporting the name ‘Birch Grove’ on the tank sides.

A repaint in 2005 saw the locomotive carry BR lined black livery as No. 32473 before withdrawal in 2008. Following the extensive overhaul that had been completed just 10 years earlier, 473’s boiler was still in good condition so the latest overhaul began in earnest, with the locomotive launched back into traffic in January 2010. The locomotive was re-launched in Southern Green livery and No. 473 currently operates in this condition at the Bluebell Railway.

Technical Specification

  • Size/Scale:  OO Scale
  • Released:  Autumn 2015
  • Number Produced:  504 Certificated Pieces
  • Era:  9
  • DCC Pin Value:  6
  • DCC Status:  DCC Ready
  • Paint Finish:  Pristine
  • Length:  146mm
  • Features:  No