Present your case...

Want to voice your opinion on po­ten­tial new mod­els? Here’s where to do it.

Model Rail (UK) - - Contents -

Lo­co­mo­tive: War Depart­ment 2-10-0 Gauge: ‘OO’ Pro­posed by: Richard Foster, Ed­i­tor

There are very few big, sexy lo­co­mo­tives that haven’t been of­fered ready-to-run in ‘OO’ be­fore – and there aren’t many big­ger than the War Depart­ment 2-10-0. While the WD 2-8-0 ver­sion has been part of the Bach­mann Branch­line range since 1999, no-one has yet touched its big­ger cousin in ‘OO’. I think this is a missed op­por­tu­nity. Any­one into mod­el­ling mil­i­tary rail­ways would want one, as would any­one mod­el­ling the im­me­di­ate post-war pe­riod. BR’S 25-strong fleet might have been al­lo­cated to Scot­land, but they made reg­u­lar for­ays down the West Coast Main Line, so you’d have an ex­cuse to run one on any steam-era lay­out. And who could re­sist their looks? They’re more sub­stan­tial than the WD 2-8-0s, yet more slen­der and dain­tier than their spir­i­tual suc­ces­sor, the ‘9F’. The most eye­catch­ing were, of course, Nos. 600 Gor­don and 601 Kitch­ener that worked on the Long­moor Mil­i­tary Rail­way. You never see such a bright, colour­ful liv­ery on such a big lo­co­mo­tive so they im­me­di­ately grab your at­ten­tion. It’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine the sight of Gor­don at Wok­ing in 1966, con­trast­ing with the dirty greens and blacks of BR’S trains.

What is it?

The tide of war turned in favour of the Al­lies in 1942 and brought a de­mand for lo­co­mo­tives to move sup­plies both in this coun­try and abroad, be­fore and after the an­tic­i­pated in­va­sion of Europe. Robert Rid­dles, Di­rec­tor of Trans­porta­tion Equip­ment for the Min­istry of Sup­ply, de­signed a new lo­co­mo­tive – an aus­ter­ity ver­sion of the Stanier ‘8F’. But an even lighter lo­co­mo­tive was needed to run on hastily re­paired track, so Rid­dles and his team put to­gether a longer, more pow­er­ful ver­sion, us­ing a 2-10-0 de­sign for its lighter axle load. All 150 were built by North Bri­tish Lo­co­mo­tive Com­pany, with one, WD No. 73755 Long­moor, be­com­ing the 1,000th Bri­tish lo­co­mo­tive shipped to Europe after D-day.

What would make it vi­able?

Pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence sug­gests that the WD 2-10-0s re­mained rel­a­tively un­changed through­out their ca­reers, a boon to prospective modellers. BR No. 90774 was easy to spot be­cause of its flam­boy­ant North Bri­tish name­plates. You can al­ways tell Kitch­ener apart, ow­ing to the large head­lamp in front of the chim­ney (fit­ted in the mid-1950s), its twin air­pumps and, later, be­cause it was oil-fired, the oil tank in the coal space. There are lots of liv­er­ies to go for: War Depart­ment, which lasted into the 1950s, BR black with both pre- and post-1956 em­blems, and Long­moor Mil­i­tary Rail­way blue – all would suit Bri­tish lay­outs. You could also of­fer Ned­er­landse Spoor­we­gen and Hel­lenic State Rail­ways liv­er­ies for WD 2-10-0s in Dutch and Greek ser­vice too.

Can I see a real one?

Three sur­vive in Bri­tain: No. 600 Gor­don is at the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way, No. 73652 is at the North Nor­folk Rail­way in pseudo-br liv­ery, and No. 73672 ‘Dame Vera Lynn’ is at the North York­shire Moors Rail­way. Long­moor is dis­played at the Spoor­weg­mu­seum in Utrecht, while sev­eral 2-10-0s sur­vive in Greece, in­clud­ing No. 964, which is still op­er­a­tional. Have your say Do you agree with Richard’s ar­gu­ment? Go to and post your wver­dict.


Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.