The London and North Eastern Railway (generally abbreviated to LNER) was the second largest of the Big Four railway companies created in the UK by the Railways Act of 1921. After naitonalisation it became the North-Eastern region of British Rail. The constituent companies were:

LNER's most famous Chief Mechanical Engineer was Sir Nigel Gresley.


The LNER is of interest to modellers for a number of reasons:

  • Two of the most famous locomotives in the world, Flying Scotsman and Mallard, were LNER locomotives.
  • The iconic Deltic diesel also ran on the North-Eastern region.
  • The East Coast Main Line (ECML), the backbone of the LNER network, has some of the most spectacular scenery on British railways, with many large viaducts and the famous Settle-Carlisle Line.
  • The viaducts are interesting in themselves, with some such as Welwyn Viaduct and Ribblehead Viaduct being 100ft high or more and over 1,000ft long. These immense and spectacular viaducts, comprising in some cases a million tons or more of material, were entirely constructed by human and animal labour.
  • LNER's coaching stock was finished in teak and varnished, a picturesque finish.

The Gresley A1, A3 and A4 Pacifics are available RTR in several gauges. Other available LNER traction includes a Hornby N2 0-6-2 tank, an excellent North Eastern liveried Stanier 8F also from Hornby and a Gresley K3 Mogul is now available from Bachmann, but there is a dearth of smaller locomotives. Some LNER models (e.g. the Hornby J72) are of very old design and are not up to the standard of modern highly detailed RTR stock. Some of the BR standard designs would also be suitable on LNER themed layouts, especially further South, and the modern outline is well represented with the Deltic available in early BR green, BR blue and even as a special Deltic prototype specially made for the {{wp:National Railway Museum}} as a series of limited production runs by Bachmann. Later diesels would have been the usual BR standards including the InterCity 125, and post-privatisation is catered for with GNER liveried class 43 HST and class 225 among others.

Rolling stock is also available. Some older Graham Farish OO Thompson non-corridor bogie coaches and a few teak clerestory coaches are available second-hand, and the Gresley coaches are available in teak or blood and custard, with older, less detailed models in the Hornby Railroad range and a newer and superbly detailed model at full price. Later coaches ran BR standard coaching stock.

Some RTR wagon stock is available, branded as LNER or NE, and also some kits from Parkside Dundas and others.

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