Peco re-entered the ready to run N gauge locomotive market back in 2007 with this model, their first N steam loco which set new standards in detail and quality. An incredibly fine combination of metal and plastic parts make the engine really stand out from the crowd. A truly superb model indeed. The only downside is the 4000 gal tender which is necessary to hide the workings of this miniature masterpiece.

On the track

On the track the Peco 2251 runs smoothly at slow speeds thanks to it being fitted with a Mashima motor coupled. This is coupled to a Lenz decoder for DCC and DC operation for true universal appeal.

Features & Decoration

Peco really have pulled out all the stops on this locomotive accurately modelled and very fine wire handrails, brassed and coppered fittings, metal rods and tyres, high quality motor and the DCC decoder from Lenz. This loco is a fine example of what can be achieved in N gauge.

Decoration wise, Peco have achieved a very nice matt finish and the accuracy and detail of the printing is excellent. The standard of decoration on this model is an illustration of the attention to detail that Peco have paid everywhere else on this model.

Value for money

With this locomotive you certainly get what you pay for. It’s not cheap by any stretch of the imagination and it holds its price in the secondhand market too. It’s a British built DCC equipped model after all which looks good and runs very well on the track so the price is completely justified in our opinion.


  • Locomotive Nos.: 2200-99 & 3200-19
  • Body: Plastic & Metal
  • Chassis: Plastic & Metal
  • Weight: 63g
  • Length over buffers: 112.5mm
  • Height: 26mm
  • Width: 17mm
  • Wheel Diameter (driving): 10.8mm
  • Wheel Diameter (tender): 8.5mm
  • Wheelbase: 32mm
  • Wheel back to back: 7.6mm
  • Minimum Radius: R1 (228mm)
  • DCC Ready: Yes – Lenz Decoder Fitted

Our Verdict:

Whilst it’s a pricey model at £160.85 RRP, we think the price tag is very well justified here by Peco due to the care, attention and sheer effort that have gone into this model.

A true state of the art model. High spec DCC decoder, very fine detailing and proper spoked wheels!

Non-prototypical tender.

Overall Rating

Trade In & Second Hand Values

Expect to pay around £100 privately for these. If you’re trading one in at your local dealer, expect to get around £50 to £60.

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