N Class

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Trainbuilder is excited to announce that we are commissioning, in beautiful lifetime brass, a run of HO Scale Newport N, North British N and SAR 750 Class 2-8-2 locomotives.

The Victorian Railways N class 2-8-2 "Mikado" ran from 1925 to 1966. It was developed from the K class 2-8-0, and it was the first VR locomotive class designed for conversion from 5 ft 3 in (1600 mm) broad gauge to 4 ft 8" in (1435 mm) standard gauge.

  • N Class
  • N Class
  • N Class

Photos are for illustrative purposes only. All photos courtesy Weston Langford

Twenty N class locos were built by VR's Newport Workshops between 1925 and 1928. A second batch of ten locomotives followed in 1930-1931.

A third batch of fifty locomotives were later built by North British Locomotive Company in 1949-1950 as part of 'Operation Phoenix', the postwar rebuilding of Victorian Railways.

A fourth batch of twenty N class were also ordered from Newport Workshops. However, production of the fourth batch ceased in 1951 after just three had been built. These locos were numbered N430,N431 and N432 and had Boxpok driving wheels.

VR also decided to sell ten of the North British-built N class locomotives (N's 461, 465, 471, 474, 477, 485, 490, 491, 494, and 495) to South Australian Railways, where they became that system's '750 class'.

A total of 83 N class locomotives were built.