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Rapido Trains UK is proud to announce that the OO Gauge GNR Stirling Single No.1 will be returning in all its glory and in an all-new small tender version.

• Return of one of Rapido’s most popular locomotives
• New OO Gauge GNR Stirling Single No.1 in 1930s condition small tender variant, available directly from Rapido Trains UK, and our Official Retailers.
• Fully licenced by the National Railway Museum and the Science Museum group.
• Available to order now!

GNR and Pre-grouping fans will finally be able to get their hands on a ready-to-run model of No.1 in the same condition as it was restored to in the 1930s. Paired with a titchy Sturrock tender, No.1 had remained in this condition for most of its life in preservation. Despite it being discovered in the 1970s that this tender wasn’t meant to be coupled to this railway icon, it wasn’t until many years later, in 2014, that the Stirling Tender Project actually returned it to its prototypical and current preserved condition that we know it as today.

Prior to withdrawal, No.1 had a standard large Stirling tender of 1891 design, but in preparation for the White City Exhibition of 1909 an old tender was found, which had previously been used behind the Doncaster Carriage Shunter, Hawthorn 0-4-2, No 112A. This consisted of a goods tender chassis with 3ft 7in wheels with a small well tank designed for a passenger tender.

The 8-foot single wheelers originally used the chassis of this 1867 tender, which had 4ft 1in wheels and a larger tank. So, the tender attached to No.1 had no historical claim to be paired with the locomotive prior to the White City Exhibition, but as it was thought no legitimate tender remained at this point, it sufficed. It did so for many years until a historically correct version was discovered.
Incredibly it had been discarded rather unceremoniously in a siding just outside of Peterborough.

With over 80 years being coupled to the smaller of the two tenders, it is fair to say that many enthusiasts associate No.1 with this longstanding low-profiled counterpart, remembering it fondly from visits to the National collection or enthusiast events.

To quote Mr. Richard Gibbons, who penned the conservation report on the Stirling Single for the NRM:
“The Sturrock tender currently with the locomotive is an anachronism that has been perpetuated for so long now that it has acquired its own historical legitimacy.”
As keen railway enthusiasts, everyone at Rapido Trains UK is very pleased to be able to tell the full story of this beautiful machine in model form. We have worked in partnership with Locomotion Models and the National Railway Museum to produce a high-quality OO Gauge rendition of a truly special locomotive.

To cover the locomotive’s full history Locomotion Models will also be stocking a small second run of the immensely popular Museum Condition, large tender, preserved variant that Rapido Trains Inc. produced several years ago.

The Stirling Single model has been designed using a combination of archival materials and drawings, state-of-the-art laser 3D scanning techniques and CAD applications, which ensures its accuracy. It features a striking fine-scale precision GNR livery, a smooth-running mechanism, a factory-installed speaker and a firebox glow which can be seen easily thanks to the shallow tender.

The order book will close on Monday 14th March and we hope that both versions of Stirling Single No.1 will be available in Winter 2024.

• SKU 947001: Stirling Single No.1 – 1930 Condition
• SKU 947501: Stirling Single No.1 – 1930 Condition – DCC Sound

Price? £239.95 (RRP £249.95 DCC Ready) / £299.95 (R.R.P. £349.95) DCC Sound Fitted

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