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0-6-2 GER 1003
0-4-2 GWR 14xx class
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This site will inform you about my model live steam locomotives and the model engineering hobby. I've scratch build all these live steam models over the years. Gauges go from 0 (32mm) up to 7.25" (184mm). I hope you'll enjoy this site.
This website will be stactic only. The updates of the progress of the new locomotive, a Württembergishe T3 on 7.25 inch gauge, can now be seen at this blog: http://livesteamt3.blogspot.nl/
The T3 progess is now on-line at this link
Introduction to my steam locomotives:
The "Didcot": a 5" gauge live steam GWR 14xx class loco.
The "Maisie" wasn't continued, because I thought an
engine on a large scale was within the range of my capabilities.
So, should it be a small 7.25” loco or something on 5”? And which locomotive would be a suitable prototype?
Over the years I’ve built up a small library, most books of which were picked up second-hand at local book shops. On sorting the books according to Railway Company, I found out that I had a lot of books on the Great Western Railway (England) . So I went through my collection of ‘Model Engineers’ and found that there was a 7.25” version of a GWR 14xx class locomotive (‘Dart’ by Martin Evans).
With an overall length of just over one metre, I thought this could fit the bill:
· I liked the appearance of the diminutive locomotive;
· I had several photos of the engine in my books;
· There are four prototypes preserved, which meant that I would be able to go and visit the real engine (as I did with the N7, The Royal Scot and the Large Atlantic);
· It looked simple enough;
· With only 6 wheels, it shouldn’t cost that much in terms of castings;
· It could be transported in the family car;
· On top of all this, I had the video tape of "The Titfield Thunderbolt", in which 1401 plays a major role.
So I took the decision in the summer of 1995 to start with the new project: a 7.25” ‘Dart’.
I studied the drawings, converted some of the dimensions to millimetres and discovered very quickly that most parts were bigger than they appeared to be in the magazine (although I have got used to working with the Imperial system over the years, I’m still not able to get an idea of size if the dimension is bigger than a few inches!).
To get a real feel of the size of the engine I thought it was best to start with a big part of the locomotive: the smoke box. (I usually make them from a piece of steel pipe, which I turn in the lathe). It turned out to be really BIG!. It could be made on my lathe, and even the hole for the chimney could be bored out on the milling machine, but I found that I was back where I started so many years ago. A lathe that was just not big enough to handle the parts that were to be made on it. A second drawback was that the material needed for building such an engine was hardly to be found in scrap boxes or otherwise easy (= cheap) to obtain.
So the project was abandoned very quickly, but what to do next?
( But now 10 years later (2006) I will try again to build a 7.25 gauge loco! )
A new Reeves catalogue was ordered, because somebody of our steam club, ‘Stoomgroep Zuid’, informed me that there was maybe a 5” gauge version of this engine. He proved to be right, and within a month I had drawings for the 5” version, wheel castings and horn blocks delivered on my doorstep.
What to do in between?? I started to browse the ME’s; reading about the IMLEC’s and other club meetings in Great Britain. Then I discovered a very interesting article about a 5” gauge shunting competition held at Gilling. Driving 5” trains at ground level……a complete train-set, just like 00, but then for real!
I knew this was what I would like to do; a small locomotive on 5” with only a few wagons would make a complete train.
The GWR 14xx is a small locomotive and in combination with, say, a brake van (20 ton Toad), a 7-plank mineral wagon, a 1 plank Match Truck and a Fruit van, it would make a nice set. To get warmed up, I ordered a set of drawings from an advertisement in the ME. It turned out to be from Doug Hewson, who kindly informed me about the GL5MR Society and their magazine.
My membership started with issue 10 (winter 1995/1996) and I’ve been enjoying it ever since. Of course I’m not familiar with all the railway terms/expressions and abbreviations used in some of the articles (I have no railway background, as most of the members seem to have, but am willing to learn). So 5” gauge proved to be the right choice for me.
The 'Didcot' GWR 0-4-2, at speed at groundlevel track at Turnhout (Belgium) 2006
finally cut the first metal for the new ‘train’, starting of course with the
engine, in January 1996.
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of the 5" gauge 'Didcot'
A small movie from the 70's in which Bob Symes-Schutzmann very nicely explains what the model engineering hobby is all about. It's is one of the movies that contributed to get me into the hobby.
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Zuiderpark Den Haag 2009
Photo made by Eric Bruinewoud at his photostudio in Eindhoven
At Loon Op Zand 2008