GWR and BR (WR) Models 15
This is an unusual wagon. Beginning life
as an open-sided sleeper-carrying wagon, being built at Swindon in 1939,
in later years the Western Region of British Railways converted it as depicted
here, in engineer's olive green livery, for carrying produce from its concrete
works at Taunton. Built from a Cambrian kit - the same kit can also be used
to make the original vehicle.
This is one of a small class of five locos
designed by C.B.Collett, and constructed in 1938 for banking duties. At
first sight it looks just like any other large 'Prairie' tank of the 41XX
/ 51XX / 61XX series, but in fact these new 31XX locos were very different.
They were rebuilds of Churchward's 3150 class, and as such, had bigger boilers
than the other large 'Prairies' (Swindon standard no.4 instead of the standard
no.2, which is 6 inches bigger diameter at the smokebox end). During the
rebuilds, they were also fitted with smaller driving wheels (5' 3"
instead of 5' 8" of the smaller-boilered locos). There are detail differences
to the cab roof as well. The plan was to rebuild the entire 3150 class to
this new design, but World War II intervened, and no more were dealt with.
This loco was built using a South Eastern Finecast F178 kit, but modified
with a set of boiler, firebox and smokebox castings from a Nu-Cast 'City'
On the Great Western, most yards would
have had their shunter's trucks - an example is seen here. They would generally
have the depot to which the particular truck was allocated or worked, painted
onto the tool box which surmounted the flat bed of the wagon. Why not personalize
your own shunter's truck - by having the name of your station or yard applied
to your own vehicle, whether it be a kit-built one or, as here, a standard
out-of-the-box proprietary example from Bachmann? (Hornby also make this
model of course). This is one of three such trucks that I recently re-branded
for a customer, whose Porthledden station must be quite a busy place, because,
as well as this truck labelled "Porthledden Docks", he also had
done vehicles for "Porthledden Passenger" and "Porthledden
No.3222 is a variation on the 'Barnum'
theme (see pages 5 and 8). As before, built from a Blacksmith Models kit,
however this one has been back-dated a little, by modifying the kit to feature
a round-topped firebox (in place of the Belpaire one supplied in the kit),
the dome on the front boiler ring, and wing-plates to the frontplate of
the smokebox (again not in the kit, but scratchbuilt). It also has underslung
springs to the front carrying wheels, and open coal rails on the tender.
All finished off by the beautiful Indian red-framed livery.
This is another interesting variation on
the GWR outside-framed 4-4-0 theme (see the 'Atbara' and curved-frame 'Bulldog'
models on previous pages), and another of the kit-combining projects that
I have developed over the past few years. No.4109 "Monarch" is
a 'Badminton' class loco, seen here in post-1910 condition, with superheated
standard no.2 tapered boiler, and, as from about 1910, incorporated into
the 'Flower' (41XX) class. These locos began life in 1897 with parallel
boilers, and fitted with 6' 8½" drivers, were the express passenger
locos of the day. As can be seen, they shared curved footplates with the
mixed-traffic 'Duke' class, which hints at the origin of some of the parts
used to build this model - Nu-Cast 'Duke' frames and footplate (or running
plate if you prefer), married to the cab / boiler of the same company's
'Flower' 4-4-0. Compare this loco with a 'Duke', and the large driving-wheel
splashers will become readily apparent, and compare it with a 'Flower' or
an 'Atbara', and the curved frames will immediately stand out too.
This is what might happen should your loco
have worked on Cornish china clay branches too often. No.8733 is a Bachmann
loco with weathering pattern copied from photographs supplied by a customer.
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