CHOOSING MINIATURE LOCOMOTIVES
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:
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.
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.
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.