TS19: Stanier Supreme
Step back in time to an era of soot and steam with Bossman Games’ authentic LMS Stanier Class 8F, which is available now on the Steam and Dovetail Games stores!
With the grouping of railway companies to form the “Big Four”, the new London Midland and Scottish Railway found itself with a fleet of inadequate freight locomotives from the former Midland Railway, which had all been built under their “small engine policy”. Evidently, a new design was required, and chief engineer Sir William Stanier was soon put to the task.
Ultimately, Stanier derived the new freight locomotive from his proven, mixed-traffic “Black 5”, switching from a 4-6-0 to a 2-8-0 wheel configuration to achieve a higher tractive effort. This made the new locomotives unsuitable for passenger locomotives as their overall top speed was reduced, but their ability to haul freight is what mattered most, and with a power rating of 8 (out of a possible 9), they were about to change the industry.
In total, a massive 852 LMS 8F locomotives would be built between 1935 and 1946, and not just for the LMS themselves, the design was chosen as the standard freight locomotive to be produced during the Second World War, meaning they were built and put to use across the country; the LNER had enough of them to even give them their own classification, the LNER O6.
Another popular owner of the 8F was the War Department, who wanted locomotives for the British Expeditionary Force – as such, many 8F were sent to work overseas in mainland Europe and beyond.
The 8Fs would continue operation right into the British Railways era, and lasted until the very end of steam, with most being retired in 1967 and 1968. Despite their huge numbers, only 14 survived into preservation, 6 of those in the UK, and only half of those have seen use since their retirement. However, with Bossman Games’ LMS Stanier 8F, you can relive this freight-hauling classic in fully authentic glory!
- Stanier Class 8F steam locomotive with 6 main variants: LMS, GWR-style LMS, Early & Late BR, LNER and No. 48151 as preserved
- Variant specific features such as snowploughs, Fowler tender, AWS, modern head/tail lights and RETB
- Ex-LNWR 4 and 5 plank coal wagon, LMS 20T Brake Van and FVV Carflat rolling stock
- Realistic brake simulation
- Realistic regulator simulation
- Injector simulation
- Gauge Glass blowdown
- Realistic adhesion model
- Steam chest simulation
- Fire and smoke effects
- Plus much more
- 2 Career scenarios for the Settle to Carlisle route
- 2 Career scenarios for the Riviera Line in the Fifties route
- Quick Drive compatible
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TS19: Stanier Supreme