NAR­ROW GAUGE LO­CO­MO­TIVES STEAL THE SHOW AT WARLEY EX­HI­BI­TION

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Four nar­row gauge lo­co­mo­tives took cen­tre stage at the Warley Model Rail­way Ex­hi­bi­tion on Novem­ber 24/25. The UK’s largest model rail­way show, held at the Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre in the West Mid­lands, fea­tured 15in gauge and 2ft gauge lo­co­mo­tives.

The Rom­ney, Hythe & Dym­church Rail­way sup­plied a pair of en­gines: 4-6-2 No. 2 North­ern Chief and 4-8-2 No. 6 Sam­son, as well as the line’s unique 1927-built Clay­ton Pull­man car­riage.

Largest on dis­play was the War Of­fice Lo­co­mo­tive Trust’s Hunslet 4-6-0T No. 303, a fit­ting end to a year in which the en­gine was re­stored to pris­tine con­di­tion, some 13 years af­ter it re­turned from Aus­tralia as a wreck. The trust is con­sid­er­ing three in­vi­ta­tions from rail­ways in 2019.

Stat­fold En­gi­neer­ing’s stall high­lighted the work the com­pany is ca­pa­ble of by dis­play­ing 1924-built Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0PT Works No. 1172 Al­pha.

The num­ber of en­gines dis­played at this year’s show matched that of 2017’s ex­hi­bi­tion, which fea­tured ‘14XX’ No. 1450, SECR ‘H’ No. 263, Stat­fold Barn’s 2ft gauge Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 No. 972 Fiji and North Bay Rail­way En­gi­neer­ing’s partly con­structed replica De­cauville 0-4-0T Edgar, which was com­pleted ear­lier this year for book­seller John Sut­ton.

Re­splen­dent in GER-style lined blue, RHDR 4-8-2 No. 6 Sam­son – which re­turned to steam in May af­ter over­haul – is on the rail­way’s stand at Warley.

ALL: TIM EASTER

Fresh from its restora­tion,War Of­fice Hunslet No. 303 dwarfs the dozens of model rail­way lay­outs at the Warley Na­tional Model Rail­way Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0PT Al­pha cuts an un­usual fig­ure in the ex­hi­bi­tion hall at the NEC.

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