BR 'Castle' Class 4073 No.5053 'Earl Cairns' - A Profile
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No.5053 Earl Cairns. A truly spectacular locomotive from any angle, this one was obtained in 2011 from the annual railway exhibition - with a markdown of 33% off the initial cost! Naturally I swooped in to pick it up, passing upon the Class 9F for another time. The locomotive has no extra detail fitted at this time - it hardly needs it, when one looks at its shape and fine livery application.
The nameplate, in true Swindon fashion. One decent thing to point out is that the locomotive is not as fragile in its valve gear and mechanism as No.60010, and is thus a slightly better engine for handling - the one downfall with the Gresley Pacifics, for all their triumphs, is their delicate valve gear.
The numberplate and cabside details. Handrails are true rails, and the locomotive's cab interior is detailed as ever.
The tender, with the BR Early Crest marked out clearly - a unique locomotive in this sense, as my other locomotives have either the BR Late Crest or are GWR in marked ownership. One fault I have with Hornby's newer tender engines is the DCC-chip plaecment in the tender - the connection between locomotive and tender is much more delicate than before, as wires must not be fouled by the drawbar and the drawbar itself is so fragile.When picking up the locomotive I occasionally worry if it will snap - which is NOT a good thing. Bachmann's locomotives are no better nowadays, with No.3440's connection being the same.
The rear of the tender actually has a builder's plate etched on, and the fittings are clear and precise. The coal within is as good as that found in No.60010's tender. Livery application all over is crisp and sharp - no less was expected from Hornby.
The front of the locomotive. No more needs to be said. Truly a stunning locomotive from all angles.