GWR & BR (WR) Models 5
This is an OO gauge model of an ex-GWR 94xx 0-6-0 pannier tank.
I could have built this loco from an excellent South Eastern Finecast kit,
but as I found an old Graham Farish body for £3.00 in a bargain bin
at a show one day, I decided instead to fit it with a Bachmann 57xx chassis
- same wheel diameter and spacing. I did detail the body a little (finescale
handrails and knobs, lamp irons etc) to improve its looks, but otherwise
it was a very straight-forward project, which saved me money, and a lot
No.1500 is mine, and was built from a Nu-Cast kit. I always wanted
one of these, ever since I saw an article in Railway Modeller nearly 40
years ago, which labelled them "ugly ducklings". Perfect I thought,
something quirky and unusual - for the Great Western anyway!
This is an 'Aberdare' class loco, built from a Nu-Cast kit. Designed
by William Dean in the late 19th century for the South Wales coal traffic,
they eventually worked all over the Great Western system, and some lasted
until nationalization. It was quite common to see them coupled to old R.O.D.
tenders to give them a bit extra coal capacity, and hence, greater range.
Talking of R.O.D.s, here is one - again a Nu-Cast kit. Originally
designed by Robinson for the Great Cental Railway, they were also built
in large numbers for the Railway Operating Division (hence their name) during
World War One, and then sold to British railway companies after the end
of hostilities. They differ a little from the GCR /LNER versions by having
GWR boiler fittings. They had quite long lives, some lasting on the Western
until the late 50s.
This quaint little creature is a 'Barnum' class loco, built from
a Blacksmith Models kit. Another William Dean design, dating from the 1880s,
they had very delicate looking sandwich frames, and gained their name because
they were often used to haul Barnum & Bailey's Circus around the country.
Some of these engines survived in traffic until the 1930s. See page 8 for
Another 2-4-0 design - this time originating from the Midland
and South Western Junction Railway. This line ran from Andover in the south,
up through Marlborough, crossing the Great Western at Swindon, and carrying
on to Andoversford near Cheltenham. In later years these locos could often
be seen working the Lambourn branch in Berkshire, surviving until the early
50s. This loco is built from a Nu-Cast kit.
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