Fine Quality Model Railways in Gauge 'O' and Gauge '1'
An excellent example by Sunset Models (Korea) of Gresley LNER A3 pacific No. 96 ‘Papyrus’ with corridor tender and in LNER lined apple green circa 1946 – 48 (it carried the 1946 number ‘96’ from November 1946 until renumbered by BR in 1948). Factory fitted with Quantum DCC, sound and smoke (DCC address 96). This model was part of a very small batch that were supplied by the manufacturer unlettered and unnamed and sent to David Studley for finishing and fine detailing (they carried an extra £300 premium at the time of sale). Very lightly used, supplied in original box with paperwork. The prototype was into service from Doncaster in February 1929 and has a strong claim to fame – on a trial run to Newcastle in 1935, ‘Papyrus’ (named after the 1923 Derby winner) reached 108 miles per hour at Little Bytham with a 220 ton load, maintaining a speed above 100 mph for 12.5 miles which at the time was the world record for a non-streamlined loco. This however didn’t save it as withdrawal from St. Margarets came in September 1963, thence scrapping. £1450.