The 23 streamlined non-corridor tenders which form the subject of this kit were built at Doncaster under four tender order numbers.
Four tenders to this pattern were built for the P2 Class under Order No. 62 (5576-79). Tenders 5636,5638,5639,5641 & 5642 were transferred to new A4 class locomotives 4902,4464,4903,4901 & 4468. Their front handrails were unaltered at 4' 3". From about 1942 the built up slatted coal gates were gradually replaced by ones cut from sheet steel.
From 1948 the height of the tender canopy on the five tenders still attached to classes Al & A3 was reduced to 12' 1", these are termed Low Front in these instructions. The preserved A4's, 4468 'Mallard', 60008 'Dwight D. Eisenhower' & 4464 'Bittern' have this design of tender.
The W1 60700 received tender 5639 from 1948 onward off A4 60014.
For a more detailed history of these tenders, Part 2A of Locomotives of the LNER published by the RCTS is essential reading.
Other valuable sources of information and photographs are:
Isinglass Drawing - Drg N° 335
Yeadon's Register of LNER Locomotives - Volume One - Irwell Press
Yeadon's Register of LNER Locomotives - Volume Two - Irwell Press
Locomotives Illustrated 25 - Ian Allan
Locomotives Illustrated 38 - Ian Allan
The Power of the A1s, A2s and A3s - J.S.Whiteley & G.W.Morrison - Oxford Publishing Co
The Power of the A4s - Brian Morrison - Oxford Publishing Co.
The Gresley Pacifics - O.S.Nock - David & Charles
East Coast Pacifics at work - P.N.Townend - Ian Allan
The A4 Pacifics - P.N.Townend - Ian Allan
Wheels. 4’2” diameter, disc. The closest available is 4'3” disc with 5/32” plain axle (8) Slater’s Ref 7851GMF
To obtain a pdf copy of the instructions please click on the links below; the pdf will open in a new window. Unfortunately the A4 and A3 pages have to be in different files.