A British first
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.