Welcome to our June update. Hopefully the cold/wet spring is now behind us and we can look forward to getting out in the garden and running some trains again! With the lifting of lockdown restrictions planned for this month we are very much looking forward to attending our first show in fifteen months, the National Garden Railway Show at Peterborough – you can find full details here.. News this month includes a sneak preview of the new 43XX, we now have the production sample and further images and running videos will follow shortly although delivery is now likely to be in Q3.
GWR 43XX 2-6-0 sample
The GWR 43XX 2-6-0 ‘Moguls’ were a product of Churchward’s standardisation policy at Swindon and owe their origin to the ‘family’ of locomotives he developed at the beginning of the 20th century. The class was built in a series of batches from 1911 until 1923 with Collett adding further examples (with a side-window cab) between 1925 and 1932 and in total 342 of these useful mixed traffic locomotives were built, they were at home with passenger trains at 60mph as as with moderately heavy goods trains. The class served all over the Great Western and operated to destinations as diverse as Tonbridge, Andover and Liverpool and 11 examples from the 53XX series were sent to France to serve with the Railways Operating Division (ROD) during WW1. During the 1930s class members were withdrawn and their wheels and motion parts used to create the ‘Manors’ and ‘Granges’, a process interrupted by WW2 after which British Railways started to scrap the entire class, the last examples being withdrawn in 1964. Luckily two survived, No. 5322, now at Didcot Railway Centre, and Collett example No. 9303 at the Severn Valley Railway.
The model is built to1:32 scale for 45mm gauge track, gas-fired with a single flue boiler. Built to a similar formula as our very successful 61XX 2-6-2T, the chassis is constructed from stainless steel, the wheels are un-insulated. The boiler is copper, the cab and bodywork are constructed from etched brass. The gas tank is in a water bath in the tender. The model will run round 4′ 6″ radius curves and we are aware that there were a large number of livery variations among members of the class and will therefore be offering the variants subject to order volume. We’d like to thank David Fletcher for the marvellous drawings he has produced of this useful locomotive. You can see full details here. UK RRP £2500.00, fully lined BR versions £2595.00.
Last call for the L&SWR Radial Tanks – ORDER NOW!
This really is the last opportunity to pick up one of these beautiful Victorian locomotives. We have just the odd example of each livery left in stock including the new variant, a Drummond green example carrying a Drummond boiler and numbered 486. UK RRP £1995.00 while remaining stock lasts. The kits are now sold out.
S32-15A – L&SWR Adams green, fully lined, No. 488 – LAST EXAMPLE
S32-15B – L&SWR Drummond green, fully lined (Adams boiler), No. 488
S32-15C – SR lined Maunsell green, No. 0846
S32-15D – SR plain black, ‘sunshine’ lettering, No. 3488 – LAST EXAMPLE
S32-15E – EKR lined Ashford green, No. 5 – SOLD OUT
S32-15F – BR black, early emblem, No. 30583
S32-15G – BR black, late crest, No. 30583
S32-15H – L&SWR Drummond green, fully lined (Drummond boiler), No. 486 – LAST EXAMPLE
We are pleased to say that we have a further run of these useful coaches in production at the factory. We are only running coaches since the four-wheel ‘E’ Van and the ‘Pairs’ half-brake vehicles are already in stock in the UK. These handy coaches make great 1:20.3 scale vehicles for those running 3′ gauge on 45mm track or are as just at home on 32mm gauge with 1:19 scale locomotives. The coaches are supplied with both 54mm and 32mm gauge wheelsets which are easily changed. Make sure you get your order in with your retailer now!
R19-10 ISLE of MAN 4 WHEEL COACH – 3rd – MAROON & CREAM £90.00
R19-10G ISLE of MAN 4 WHEEL COACH – 3rd – GREEN & CREAM £90.00
R19-24 I.O.M. ‘E’ VAN – MAROON & CREAM £90.00
R19-24G I.O.M. ‘E’ VAN – GREEN & CREAM £95.00 (US STOCK)
R19-17 I.O.M. ‘PAIRS’ BOGIE COACH – COMPOSITE £175.00
R19-26 I.O.M. ‘PAIRS’ BOGIE COACH – HALF BRAKE £175.00