Wrenn W2226 Plymouth Spam Can Bulleid - SR Green - V/RARE

Wrenn W2266 Plymouth Spam Can Bulleid - SR Green - V/RARE

The Wrenn W2266 "Plymouth" Span Can Bullied, West Country Class Locomotive in Souther Region Green, is probably one of the most common that the Wrenn, Basildon produced from 1982 to 1992. Just over 1100 have been recorded, although the majority of these were issued before 1986. Very few appear with date stamps beyond the 1986 threshold.

Maurice Gunters book on the history of Wrenn indicates only 52 were issued betwenn 1991/2 which makes these few VERY RARE in my opinion.

As with "Winston Churchills" (W2265) which also had a relatively high production figure in the earlier years, many examples were "play worn" through repeated layout use and during the 1992-2002 years were used by others for resprays. Hence both Plymouth and Churchill are very difficult to find today in "near mint to mint" condition.

The later 1991/2 Plymouth and Churchill Locomotives may be recognised by a number of distinct factors including:

1, Armature Segments are brown not green, the brown segment types appearing in late 1990.

2. Pick - up wire is thicker and normally yellow, blue or mauve

3 Magnetic pole pieces are plated, not raw steel

4. Larger diameter box rings were used, and the date stamp on the bottom of the inner box should reflect the 1991/2 Basildon issue date. eg Packer No 2 91 937

5, Correct box end stamps: W2266 PLYMOUTH 4-6-2 S.R. GREEN, and W2265 WINSTON CHURCHILL 4-6-2 B.R. GREEN, note labels were not used

  SUPERB LOCOMOTIVES TO RUN OR ADD TO THE WRENN COLLECTION!  

     



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