Anything Narrow Gauge and Garden Railway Specialists have announced a joint venture in conjunction with Accucraft (UK). A beautifully detailed replica of the Glyn Valley Tramway’s “Sir Theodore” and “Dennis” 0-4-2 Tanks. The model will be internally gas fired, available in 32 and 45mm gauge (Non-Adjustable), incorporating a traditional 0-4-0 Chassis unit with full reversing gear and a choice of Green or Black Livery. Estimated Cost £1275.00.
Following its conversion from horse traction to steam, the Glyn Valley Tramway ordered two 0-4-2 tram locos from Beyer Peacock in Manchester. As the railway was a roadside affair the Board of Trade specified this type of design with the motion and everything below the footplate being encased in a curtain plate while above it a casing extended the whole way round the engine embracing the tanks, condensing gear and cab with the smokebox door mounted flush with it. The locos were intended to be driven from the front, cab, end and turned at each end of the line and condensing equipment fitted to reduce the exhaust, although the latter proved unsatisfactory and was removed from each loco in the 1920’s.
Named ‘Sir Theodore’ and ‘Dennis’ these 2′ 4″ gauge locos plied their trade in the valley from 1888 onwards, being joined in 1892 by a slightly larger machine named ‘Glyn’ and by a WD Baldwin 4-6-0T in 1921. Alas the huge traffic in granite carried by the GVT dwindled after WW1 and the railway became one of many casualties in the mass closures that took place in 1935. All the locos were scrapped on site and now we only have photographs and models to remember these unusual machines by.
The model is not gauge adjustable from 32mm (‘O’ gauge) to 45mm (‘1′ gauge) and this needs to be specified when ordering. It is fitted with insulated wheels as standard. The axles run in bronze bearings and all the rods and valve gear are manufactured from stainless steel. The entire body is designed to be easily removed to give access to the gas, water and lubricator fillers. The boiler is fitted with a water level check valve and the displacement lubricator has an under floor drain valve. The model is built from stainless steel and brass, and with the correct maintenance, will give a lifetime of pleasure.
You can download the instructions for this loco here. INSTRUCTS GVT – manual
- Scale: 16mm to 1 foot (1:19)
- Gauge: Either 32mm or 45mm
- Min Radius: 0.6M (24 ins)
- Length: 256mm (10 ins)
- Width: 104mm (4 ins)
- Height: 160mm (6 ¼ ins)
- Weight: 4.1 kg (9lbs)
- Boiler: Centre Flue
- Working Pressure: 60psi
- Reversing Gear: Piston type, reverse by lever in the cab
- Fuel: Butane Gas
- Valve Gear: Simulated Stephenson’s link
- Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water level check valve.
- Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverser, lubricator drain valve,water level check valve.
Colours available, subject to production batch: