CHOOS­ING MINIA­TURE LO­CO­MO­TIVES

Model Rail (UK) - - Master Plan -

Peter Mar­riott and Dave Low­ery skil­fully showed how to cre­ate a be­liev­able minia­ture rail­way in MR223/MR224 by com­bin­ing ‘N’ gauge rolling stock with ‘G’ scale (1:35) fig­ures. With this in mind, we’ll need lo­co­mo­tives for the var­i­ous lay­out ideas pre­sented here and in MR236 - here’s a se­lec­tion:

PETER SALMON

By con­trast, the three replica LMS ‘Princess roy­als’, or­dered by But­lin’s from hudswell Clarke, were clearly built to higher stan­dards, and were ⅔ scale mod­els. hav­ing suf­fered years of ne­glect, i’m pleased to say that ex­ten­sive restora­tion of the two sur­vivors con­tin­ues at the Princess royal Class lo­co­mo­tive Trust’s head­quar­ters at the Mid­land rail­way - But­ter­ley. a suit­ably al­tered Gra­ham far­ish ‘N’ gauge LMS ‘Duchess’ would make a pass­able rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

These lner-out­line lo­co­mo­tives on the North Bay rail­way were a cru­cial el­e­ment in my fam­ily’s al­most-an­nual hol­i­days at Scar­bor­ough. To a young, in­ex­pe­ri­enced eye, they were just like the real thing… but it’s clear now that there are many in­ac­cu­ra­cies - the wheels are too small and the cabs are stretched! Sir Nigel Gres­ley’s ‘a1s’, built for the Great North­ern and then the lner, not only in­spired North Bay’s lo­co­mo­tive fleet but also henry Greenly’s de­signs for both the raven­glass & eskdale and the rom­ney, hythe & Dym­church. Dapol’s ‘N’ gauge ‘a3’ could form the ba­sis for such a model.

DO­MINIC JONES/ALAMY

here’s a novel idea: why not use one of hel­jan’s forth­com­ing ‘oo9’ lyn­ton & Barn­sta­ple rail­way Man­ning war­dles on a model of the fair­bourne Steam rail­way? The fsr’s half-size, 12in gauge replica of Yeo was built by David Cur­wen in 1978 for a rail­way in Brit­tany, and it moved to wales in the early 1980s.

JOHN MOR­RIS/ALAMY

it’s a shame that Gra­ham far­ish doesn’t yet pro­duce an lner ‘o4’ 2‑8‑0… but you could use a Bach­mann ‘oo’ ver­sion and some truly huge model peo­ple to pro­duce a lay­out based on the Cleethor­pes Coast light rail­way. This minia­ture ‘o4’ is pri­vately owned, but makes the oc­ca­sional journey on the line.

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