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Class 08 878 'Basra' LMR Blue & Red


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Our N Scale Class 08 Diesel Shunter No. 878 ‘Basra’ is a available in a limited edition run of just 504 certificated pieces. ‘Basra’ joins a growing number of LMR-themed models from Graham Farish, with the Longmoor Military Railway Train Pack that was produced in 2015 now highly sought after and the WD 2-8-0 No. 79250 ‘Major-General McMullen’ (372-429) due for release later this year. 

The Longmoor Military Railway was constructed in the early 20th Century, initially as a 1ft 6in gauge tramway to assist in the removal of large corrugated iron huts from the Longmoor Military Camp in Hampshire. The line was re-laid to standard gauge between 1905 and 1907 and became known as the Woolmer Instructional Military Railway, it was later renamed to the Longmoor Military Railway (LMR) in 1935. The LMR was used for military training in the construction and running of railways. The line eventually stretched from Bordon in the north to Liss in the south, with connections to the national network at both ends. The layout of the railway would often change, with track lifted and re-laid for training purposes, and at its height the line had more than 70 miles of operational track and sidings.

The locomotives and rolling stock used by the LMR came from numerous sources, providing a fleet of varied designs allowing personnel to be trained on the operation and maintenance of different locomotive types. Whilst the fleet predominantly comprised of steam locomotives, as diesels became more commonplace examples of these were also acquired including No. 878 ‘Basra’. 

The locomotive was delivered new to the LMR from Derby Works in 1945 as War Department No. 70272. It later gained the number 878 and was named ‘Basra’, carrying the iconic blue and red livery of the LMR. During 1963 ‘Basra’ was recorded as the regular locomotive used to haul daily freight trains and was also employed on shunting duties at Longmoor.

When the Longmoor Military Railway closed in 1969, ‘Basra’ was transferred to the Ministry of Defence site at Bicester and was renumbered to AD601. After spells at Bicester, Shoeburyness, Welford Park and Thatcham, the locomotive was eventually sold to the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway in 1980 where it survives in preservation.

Our model is based on the popular Graham Farish Class 08 Diesel Shunter and features a highly detailed body with numerous separately fitted detail parts. The chassis incorporates NEM coupling pockets and an accessory pack is included with additional buffer-beam detailing parts. 

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