Welsh Highland Rail­way No. 590

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Our model is of WDLR No. 590, which was com­pleted on March 1 1917. It was bought by the Welsh Highland Rail­way in 1923 and ran in North Wales un­til the WHR went into liq­ui­da­tion in 1937. No. 590 was steamed by the scrap con­trac­tors in 1942 but was found to be in such poor con­di­tion that it was bro­ken up. The Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum has loaned class­mate No. 794 to the Welsh Highland Her­itage Rail­way at Porth­madog for it to be re­stored as No. 590. The con­di­tion of Bach­mann’s model por­trays No. 590 just af­ter its ar­rival on the WHR. It soon gained the ini­tials ‘WHR’ on the tanks and was painted red in 1934.

1: WHR No. 590 takes on wa­ter at Bed­dgel­ert, some­time in the 1930s. The Bald­win was pre­ferred for freight du­ties as it was a rather rough rider. DIGBYDACHS­HUND/ALAMY

2: No. 590 at Port­madoc New sta­tion, which opened in 1929. Fa­cil­i­ties here were ba­sic – a tin shel­ter and a bench – but it saved the Whr/fes­tin­iog money by re­duc­ing the num­ber of trains cross­ing the for­mer Cam­brian main line! DIGBYDACHS­HUND/ALAMY

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