Fond mem­o­ries...

Model Rail (UK) - - Backscene -

Ear­lier this year, I spent the day help­ing to op­er­ate ‘Sim­ply Nar­row Gauge’ (MR172) at an ex­hi­bi­tion. My friend Keith Wil­lows built the dis­tinc­tive cir­cu­lar ‘O-16.5’ nar­row gauge lay­out to in­dulge his love of colo­nial and North Amer­i­can nar­row gauge. He was mod­el­ling right up un­til his death in 2014. The last time I saw him he asked me to get him some handrail knobs for a model he was work­ing on. I now have that lo­co­mo­tive, as his widow of­fered me the chance to com­plete it. She gave me a tray con­tain­ing the model, some parts and all of Keith’s ref­er­ence ma­te­rial, but I have to ad­mit I know noth­ing about the sub­ject. It’s a Cyprus Govern­ment Rail­ways 2-6-2T, built by Nas­myth Wil­son & Co. The CGR had two of them, num­bered 31 and 32. A Google search didn’t help much, and it kept show­ing me links to Chris Ne­vard’s ‘OO9’ model of the same lo­co­mo­tive, rather than pro­vid­ing much in­for­ma­tion about the real thing. The ref­er­ence ma­te­rial shows a hand­some lit­tle tank en­gine. Keith’s model is largely com­plete, the body be­ing built from plas­tic card, with wood and metal fit­tings. It ap­pears to have been built to fit a Lima ‘Small Prairie’ tank mech­a­nism, which was in the tray with it, but I reckon Keith in­tended to make new pony trucks, as the tray also con­tained a pair of new wheelsets. The handrail knobs are ab­sent, and I think the ones I bought are too small. I have many projects of my own to get on with, but I feel that I ought to fin­ish this one. It is nearly com­plete and it will look good run­ning on ‘SNG’, as Keith in­tended. I think, how­ever, that I will give it a nicer livery than it car­ried in real life. I’ve al­ways wanted to try some­thing in Great East­ern blue.

Above: I ran some of my own stock on Sim­ply Nar­row Gauge, in­clud­ing an­other ‘me­mo­rial’ ve­hi­cle. The White Pass & Yukon did not have any com­bines, so I named it af­ter my wife.

Left: The tray of parts and the ref­er­ence ma­te­rial for the nar­row gauge 2‑6‑2T.

Far left: The hand­some lit­tle Bri­tish-built tank en­gine model. It doesn’t seem like there’s much work to do to get it fin­ished.

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