A Bri­tish first

Model Rail (UK) - - Cowie Collection -

Robert Fair­lie’s patented ar­tic­u­lated lo­co­mo­tive could be built in ‘sin­gle’ form. Avon­side built this ‘Sin­gle Fair­lie’ 0-4-4T for the 1878 Ex­hi­bi­tion. It was pur­chased by the Swin­don, Marl­bor­ough & An­dover Rail­way (SM&AR), a fore­run­ner of the Mid­land & South Western Junc­tion, in 1883 – and it was a huge fail­ure. The first lo­co­mo­tive in Bri­tain to have Walschaerts valve gear, it was rarely used as no­body re­ally knew how to set the valves prop­erly, lead­ing to mas­sive coal con­sump­tion. Painted in SM&AR green, An­drew’s scratch­built model has been lined by Alan Brack­en­bor­ough.

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