GWR and BR (WR) Models 13
This was the condition in which the famous
'City' class would have ended their working lives. No.3711 "City of
Birmingham" (renumbered in 1910 from 3434) lost its lining as an economy
measure during World War One, and is seen here in the post-1928 shade of
unlined GWR green. This loco was withdrawn from service in July 1930. The
model was built from a Nu-Cast kit.
Since featuring the photo of the curved-framed
'Bulldog' that I built for myself last year (see page 12), I have been swamped
with orders for similar models - and I was beginning to think that Great
Western was losing its popularity! Most commissions have been requested
in either the unlined 1920s livery, like mine, or in the lighter shade of
green of the 1930s onwards. However, one customer requested his model be
finished in the earlier 'garter crest' livery with full lining, and here
it is, no.3308 "Falmouth". This loco also features the more usual
GWR number and name plate layout.
No.3907, one of a class of 20 'Prairie'
tanks designed by Churchward for Birmingham suburban traffic in 1907. Some
parts from withdrawn Dean Goods locos were used in their construction (probably
just the wheels and cylinders, as the boiler and side tanks are obviously
different, and so is the wheelbase). 3907 is seen here in its 1920s guise,
wearing pre-1928 unlined green livery, with superheater and top-feed. Built
from a Jackson Evans kit.
This was a special commission from a customer.
Basically a standard Hornby large 'Prairie', renumbered as 8109, repainted
to BR lined green livery and weathered. The 'extra', was a touch of 1960s
graffiti, which my customer remembers seeing the real loco wearing when
he was a child - close up below.
Anyone remember the TV series?
No.3701 "Gibraltar" is a 'City'
class loco. It was one of ten 'Atbaras' rebuilt with the larger standard
no.4 boilers and amalgamated into the 'City' class between 1907 and 1909.
As can be seen, the reboilered 'Atbaras' retained their previous nameplates,
without the "City of ....." prefix carried by the rest of the
class. This is a Bachmann model, repainted to the early 1920s plain green
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