GWR and BR(WR) Models 10


In the 20th century, the Great Western Railway was famous for its pannier tanks, but in late Victorian times, the GWR built over a thousand saddle tanks, of various classes, like the one above, a member of the 1854 or 1701 class (don't ask!). Because of the GWR's policy of evolution of its designs, with upgrades along the way, these saddle tanks, although belonging to different classes, were very similar in appearance. Most were rebuilt eventually with panniers, because saddle tanks were not suitable for the new Belpaire fireboxes, which became the standard for GWR locos. No.1751 was actually one of the last 1854 class locos to be rebuilt in the early 1930s. It is seen here in the pre-1928 shade of Great Western green.

This loco was built using a South Eastern Finecast kit - this manufacturer also makes the pannier tank version. These kits are very versatile, and due to the family appearance of these locos, as the kit instructions state, other classes can be made, with on occasions, only quite minor modifications - the 2721 class for example is almost identical (they too started life as saddle tanks) but had fluted coupling rods.

This is the first loco I have built that is destined for my new 1920s era Great Western branchline layout, which is still in the planning stage at the moment. Watch these pages for more developments.


This lovely looking loco is another of the 'Duke of Cornwall' or just 'Duke' class. No.3253 "Pendennis Castle" features the early style of straight nameplates affixed to the side of the boiler. Built from a Nu-Cast kit.


No.602 is a former Taff Vale Railway U1 class 0-6-2T. Built from a South Eastern Finecast kit, it would make an interesting variation to any GWR loco stud.


Just another GWR pannier tank? Not quite. This is a member of the 54xx class, built for auto train working, where the little 48xx (or 14xx in later years) were not powerful enough. These locos had 5'2" coupled wheels (like the 48xx/14xx locos), which can clearly be distinguished by the larger splashers. In Collett's time, most pannier tanks had driving wheels of 4' 7 1/2", so these little locos had a greater turn of speed. Built from a Nu-Cast kit, she is seen wearing the post-1956 full passenger lined green livery, which was bestowed upon almost any Western loco likely to work passenger trains at the time.


A classic amongst British railway locomotive designs - the Collett Goods, or 2251 class. This model features the doyen of the class, together with its Churchward 3,000 gallon tender, which the first batch built were paired with. Built from a South Eastern Finecast kit.


Another outside-framed Dean Goods (2361 class) - this time in the pre-1906 indian red-framed livery.


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