* Overseas model shown. Free tyres for life. Tinted windows included.
Big thanks to everyone who
helped us with our search for the locomotive on the case back of the
University pocket watch in yesterday’s email. We have received so many
suggestions but believe it or not, we still don’t have a definite
The two candidates with the most votes are the Soviet Passenger P36 steam locomotive and the Czechoslovak 4-8-2 Skoda.
The Russian P36 steam locomotive was a 4-8-4 configuration manufactured
between 1950 and 1956 for mainline use. A total of 251 were in
production. The P36 was the last type of mainline steam locomotive built
The Czechoslovak 4-8-2 Skoda express
passenger locomotive was introduced to Czechoslovak State Railways in
1938. 16 years later, in 1954, the design was developed further into the
498.1 class. The benefit of these locomotives was improved stability at
speed. Both Czech locomotives were technically sophisticated for their
time and allegedly capable of 11% thermal efficiency.
So which one?
While the Czech 4-8-2 Skoda image looks exactly like that on our pocket
watch, the obvious question is: Why would a Russian railway pocket watch
have an image of a Czech locomotive on the case back?
On the other hand, the Russian P36 would make more sense on the back of a
Russian Molnia railway pocket watch, but the images don't really match