GWR City Class 3717 City of Truro

GWR City Class 3717 City of Truro
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Manufacturer Bachmann
Scale OO Gauge
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Steam locomotive, Great Western Railway, 4-4-0 No 3440 "City of Truro", designed by William Dean, built at Swindon in 1903.

City of Truro was the eighth of a batch of ten A49 locomotives built in Swindon in 1903. It is now one of only two surviving Great Western Railway (GWR) double-framed 4-4-0 locomotives. Often referred to as ‘Churchward’s locomotive’ No. 3440 was built in 1903 and Churchward took over the role of Chief Mechanical Engineer from William Dean in 1902, thus both men have been credited here as designer.

City of Truro is best known and celebrated as the first British steam locomotive to have exceeded 100mph. On 9th May 1904 it pulled the Oceans Mail train from Plymouth to London Paddington; during its descent of Wellington Bank in Somerset the locomotive achieved a maximum speed slightly in excess of 102mph. Although the exact figure has been widely debated, it is generally agreed that City of Truro was indeed the first steam locomotive to achieve 100mph.

Our special commission portrays 'City of Truro' following its renumbering to 3717 following being given the 'Great Western' livery treatment in 1912.

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