Hot on the heals of the first Engineering Prototypes (EP) of the Kernow Model Centre ex London & South Western Railway (LSWR) Adams O2 class being received a couple of weeks ago as reported here, the first running sample has now been received.

The first running sample of the O2 class tank

The first running sample of the O2 class tank

Whilst this running sample is substantially more complete detail wise than the first samples there are still a number of details to be added and this running  sample,   does  not yet represent the finished models, although it is pretty much the Kernow Model Centre K2105 variant representing number 225 (the finished model will be in Southern Black with Bulleid sunshine lettering) as fitted with Pull Push gear.

The left hand side of the running sample.

The left hand side of the running sample.

It is good to see we are getting tantalisingly close, the next steps will be a few  minor tweaks / corrections before moving onto livery samples.

Although the video quality is slightly questionable Kernow have posted this video showing the running sample doing what a running should be doing i.e. running…

In other 4mm 00 news…

Dapol have been pretty busy recently, especially as per below in 7mm scale, in 4mm they have released a image of the first EP’s of the Class 73/0 JA variant with a promise that the Class 73/1 JB EPs are not far behind

Bachmann have recently received the 2nd EP of their ex London Brighton and South Coast E4 class , the first EP images can be seen here, this 2nd EP incorporates one or two minor modifications following consultation with the Bluebell Railway, where the preserved E4 resides, and is now ready for livery samples to be produced. Pictures of the 2nd EP can be seen here on RMweb.

Latest deliveries from Bachmann with a Southern flavour include a couple of livery variants of the Wainwright C Class 0-6-0: 31-464 number 593 in Southern Railway Black livery with Green Lining and also 31-464 number 271 in simplified SECR lined green.

In 7mm 0 Gauge news…

Dapol have released a first image of the EP of their ex LBSC Terrier A1/A1x class which has been produced from completely revised CAD drawings after Richard Webster joined team at Dapol. The image can be seen here. Once again as with all tooling samples this does not necessarily represent a complete or correct variant as it may well be a combination of optional detail parts.

Also about to hit the shops from Dapol in 7mm is the first of the SR 25t Pill Box Brake Vans. This first variant is the even planked Right Hand ducket version and was first tooled before Richard Webster started at Dapol. Whilst Richard was able to retool a couple of areas, e.g. the roof profile,  of this model there are still a number of errors that will be corrected on later variants.

Douglas Drummond’s first locomotive class built after his appointment as Chief Mechanical Engineer to the London South Western Railway (LSWR) in 1895 was the 30 strong 700 Class of 0-6-0 goods engines later to be widely known as ‘Black Motors’.  They were in fact very similar to a previous class of his built for the Caledonian Railway some years earlier. Eventually the class had many parts standardised with the Drummond’s later classes the M7, C8 and K10’s. such as the boiler, firebox, cylinders and motion.

Drummond 700 Class number 352 in original saturated form built from a BEC kit

Drummond 700 Class number 352 in original saturated form built from a BEC kit

Although known as the 700 class the first locomotive delivered was in fact number 687 and although originally number in sequence from 687 to 716, in 1898, numbers 702-16 were renumbered, somewhat haphazardly to make way for members of the T9 class.  Although intended as goods locomotives they could often be found on passenger turns and were allocated widely across the LSWR system with general at least five members of the class allocated to Salisbury.

The later modified Superheated version number 691 also built from BEC kit

The later modified Superheated version number 691 also built from BEC kit. The slightly stretched vertical proportions can be seen in this image.

In 1919, number 316  was modified by Urie by being superheated this changed the over look of the engines as it  included extending the smokebox, extensions to the frames,  raising the boiler pitch by 9 inches and modifications to the cab design. The rest the class of the class were similarly modified and superheated in Southern Days between 1923 and 1929. Wholesale withdrawal of the class took place in 1961 and 1962, although 30697 survived until January 1964.

Hornby's Black Motor is progressing well as can be seen from this pre-production sample

Hornby’s Black Motor is progressing well as can be seen from this pre-production sample

In model form a number of kits have been produced, with the first being a white metal version by BEC Models, as illustrated in both original and modified superheated versions left. The design of this kit unfortunately appears to be stretched in the vertical dimension giving the model a distorted look especially in and around the cab. Since then etched brass kits have also been available from the likes of Jedenco/Falcon Brass and PDK models.

A further view of the Hoornby pre-production sample (both images copyright and courtesy of A York)

A further view of the Hoornby pre-production sample (both images copyright and courtesy of A York)

In December 2013 Hornby announced as I reported here, and a subsequent update post here, that it was to produce a ready to run version of the superheated Black Motor. Pictures of the latest Engineering Prototype taken a couple of weeks ago are also shown left. The model has a cast footplate and boiler, similar to their T9 model to give weight for traction and the level of detail looks very good from what we can see so far. Hornby have also indicated that they are to produce both the 13′ and 14′ wheelbase tender versions as well.
All being well the latest availability information we have from Hornby is that they are aiming  for deliveries in October this year.

With again a respectful nod to the Southern Publicity Department  back in 1936 I am soon heading very South (well about 2 and bit  hours in a plane south)  for some exploration,  rest, relaxation and hopefully some sun and sea too. There will, therefore, also be a break in posts on this blog with normal service being resumed week commencing the 30th June.

summer posterThe now famous Southern Railway publicity poster  ’I’m Taking and Early Holiday cos I know Summer Comes Soonest in the South’, was first released in 1936. It was dubiously parodied later by the Late and Never Early Railway, imitation being… etc. etc.

The Photograph, originally in black and white, was  taken in 1924 by Charles E Brown and shows a small boy carrying a suitcase on the platform at Waterloo station talking to the fireman of N15 King Arthur class 4-6-0 locomotive No 755 ‘The Red Knight’, as he leans from the cab. The Southern Railway publicity department had the image coloured for use on this poster the hint of the black and white original can be seen beyond the locomotive.

I know this post is a cheat, as this is a repeat of a similar post from last summer, but I am already in holiday mode. If you are also about to head off on vacation or have one planned over the summer months then enjoy!

Just in case you get withdrawal symptoms feel free to click here to view a totally random post,  and for something to look forward to,  I will be reporting back on the Bachmann future product announcements, as part of their 25th anniversary weekend, on the 20th July, so speak again soon.

I am pleased to publish below images of the first off Engineering Prototype (EP) samples for the now seven versions of the Kernow Model Centre Adams 0-4-4T O2 class locomotives (the 7th variation, of 207 in Maunsell lined green was announced here).

Isle of Wight version W24

Isle of Wight version W24

These images are taken from the first main body parts tooling run are obviously far from complete, with little of the separately applied details such as pipework, brake gear and handrails etc added,  but will give you an idea of the impressive amount of detail and variations that have been incorporated.

Mainland pull push fitted version

Mainland pull push fitted version

Just look at the shear number of holes in the body tooling to incorporate those details. The full list of the available variations, including both Isle of Wight and Mainland versions,  and liveries that will be available can be found on the Kernow Model centre dedicated webpage here.

Rear 3/4 view

Rear 3/4 view

These being the first off Engineering Prototypes will therefore be subject to minor tweaks and correction where necessary. It has already been noted that some of the detail combinations of the EP’s produced do not reflect the final versions, but at this early stage are as much to test the tooling rather than to confirm each and every variation being produced.

The body only of the Mainland non PP fitted version

The body only of the Mainland non PP fitted version

For example the Mainland Pull Push fitted version shown left has the side tank strengthening plate of the Calbourne version and also the Isle of White type Westinghouse pump fitted.

A final view from the top

A view from the top

As regular readers of this blog will know I have been assisting the Kernow Model Centre with the development of these Adams O2 models, hence me being able to publish these pictures with their kind permission, and it’s nice to report this further progress.

The front face of the O2 in this case an IoW version

The front face of the O2 in this case an IoW version

This 1st EP will be checked to highlight any corrections needed, and will be followed  by a more complete and working sample for fuller appraisal. Once this has been complete and if there are no problems with the 1st EP, The model will then be progressed to a 2nd EP where all the rivets and finer detail will be added to the tool. For speed of development the 1st painted samples will also be provided to allow the project to then move apace ready for signing off and full production. Production should take, when authorised, around 4-6 weeks with roughly the same time to ship to Kernow Model Centre’s premises.

Today, 6th June,  marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied forces D-Day landings, Operation Overlord,  on the Normandy coast, the largest ever wartime seaborne invasion landings, that bought about the start of the end of the Second World War. We rightly commemorate bravery of the 156,000 allied troops involved and the as many as 4000 young men that fell to bring about the liberation of France and ultimately Europe some 11 months later.

It should also be remembered that D-Day was not just about one day but an incredible amount of planning and logistics both leading up to and for the many months that followed to ensure that men and machines, munitions, supplies and materials were in the right place at the right time to ensure success. Whilst much is reported about the 6000 plus ships and vessels that sailed across the channel,  it was very much the railways of the time that played a big part in these logistics supplying the many south coast posts such as Portsmouth, Southampton, Poole and Portland. The Southern Railway was of course at the forefront of these logistics.

For example to build the temporary ‘Mulberry’ harbours, Designed by Major Allan Beckett of the Royal Engineers,  that were built over six months off the Normandy coast by around 55,000 workers used  210,000 tons of steel, 1,000,000 tons of concrete. All these materials would have arrived at the coast ports for loading onto vessels by rail. This construction still stands as one of the greatest civil engineering feats of modern times.

The Southern Railway reported, later that year, at its 1944 Annual General Meeting that some £1,000,000 was spent on the additional sidings and equipment necessary to meet the needs of Operation Overlord. During 1944 over 26,000 special trains were run, with over 550,000 on duty service personnel carried.  Eighteen of the Company’s steam ships and their ‘modern’ train ferry ships also played an active part. All of this took place whilst maintaining a practically normal level of standard service trains to allow the civilian population to move from home to work as usual.

Lest we forget not just the young brave military personnel but also the dedication and efforts of the railway workers that worked tirelessly, in all too often difficult and life threatening conditions themselves, indeed many did also fall, to ensure the success of Operation Overlord.

No pictures with this post just thoughts and thanks.


The first public appearance of Fisherton Sarum was at the 2006 Wycrail exhibition organised by the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society. of which I have been a member for, gulp, over 30 years! This November, Saturday 1st, will see Fisherton Sarum once again return to the Wycrail exhibition, albeit in its bright new and spacious venue at the Cressex Community School.

Bullied power at Fisherton Sarum. 21C6 (left) was a Salisbury engine her entire life

Bullied power at Fisherton Sarum.

At this years Wycrail show Fisherton Sarum will be be in good company along with 26 other quality layouts in a wide variety of scales and gauges, including: Diesels in the Duchy (EM), Tucking Mill (2mm fs), Fourgig East (0)  and Propect Valley (H0).  As usual there will be also be a wide range of trade support.

The full details of the show can be found on the Wycrial website here, the key details however are that it is being held on Saturday 1st November, so add it to your diary now, at Cressex Community School, Cressex Road, High Wycombe, HP12 4UD. It is open to the public between 10.00 and 17.00. The show is well worth a visit and is generally accepted as being one of the best one day shows in the south of England.


It has been a busy three weeks exhibition wise.  Starting with a great weekend exhibiting Fisherton Sarum in its spiritual home at the excellent Salisbury and South Wilts exhibition. It was an honour to be involved with their 50th anniversary exhibition and meet so many visitors to the show that were familiar with Salisbury Shed including  a number of ex drivers. I enjoyed meeting and chatting to all and it was also great to meet some of the regular readers of my ramblings on here.

Buckminster Ironstone

Buckminster Ironstone

Last Saturday I enjoyed assisting fellow High Wycombe and District MRS member, and regular operator with Fisherton Sarum,  Alan Paley with his exquisite pre-grouping Midland Railway based Loughborogh Roaad layout at the small Thames Valley Model Railway Exhibition. A very pleasant day was had playing trains.

A picture says a thousand words

A picture says a thousand words

This weekend is the final third, so to speak, and the largest of the three exhibitions being the excellent Railex show organised by friends at the Risborough and District MRC. I shall be joining the talented model railway builder and photographer Chris Nevard with his latest little master piece Buckminster Ironstone. It is only a small layout but it certainly packs a punch visually following on from a long line of iconic layouts from Chris.

I shall be assisting Chris on the Saturday so if you are coming along please say hello. Also in attendance at the show is the latest H0 and narrow gauge logging layout from the High Wycombe and District MRS, Prospect Point which is well worth a look.




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