SEC­OND-HAND BAR­GAINS

Model Rail (UK) - - ‘Quarry Hunslets’ -

Both Pen­rhyn and Di­nor­wic quar­ries bought lo­co­mo­tives from other sources and other man­u­fac­tur­ers, in­clud­ing An­drew Bar­clay, Bald­win, Bag­nall and Kerr Stu­art. How­ever, both bought a Hun­slet 0‑4‑0ST each from other quar­ries and though nei­ther con­formed to the ex­act specificat­ions of the main ‘Quarry Hun­slet’ fleet, they de­serve in­clu­sion. Lilla was built in 1891 for Cil­gwyn Quarry, even­tu­ally served by the Welsh High­land Rail­way. Re­sem­bling an en­larged ‘Alice’ with a domed boiler, Lilla shared key dimensions with Di­nor­wic’s ‘Mills’ class. It was bought by Pen­rhyn in 1928 and re­mained there un­til 1963. Now based at the Ffes­tin­iog Rail­way. Di­nor­wic’s sec­ond-hand pur­chase came from Groby Gran­ite Com­pany in Le­ices­ter­shire. This 1896‑built lo­co­mo­tive was named Sex­tus and was re­turned to Hun­slet in 1909 for a ma­jor over­haul. It never re­turned to Groby; the Le­ices­ter­shire quarry bought a new lo­co­mo­tive in­stead and Hun­slet then of­fered the 0‑4‑0ST to Di­nor­wic, which it bought in 1910. The lo­co­mo­tive was named Lady Mad­cap, and al­though it shared many com­po­nents with the ‘Alice’ class, it had the drop frames akin to the Pen­rhyn ‘Port’ class. Lady Mad­cap was with­drawn for over­haul in 1951/52 and dis­man­tled. How­ever, it was never re­built and its parts were used on other Hunslets. The frames re­mained at Gil­fach Ddu and were fi­nally scrapped in 1969. How­ever, work is un­der way to build a replica, us­ing many orig­i­nal Hun­slet parts. The rolling chas­sis is on dis­play at the Welsh High­land Her­itage Rail­way at Porth­madog.

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