Posted in General, tagged A12 Class, Adams, Gladstone Class, Jubilee, London & South Western Railway, London Brighton and South Coast Railway, Nine Elms, Southern, Southern Railway on June 2, 2012 |
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This weekend the Country celebrates the Diamond Jubilee of her Majesty whilst bunting manufacturers reflect on the good times and worry about their ongoing share price and the inevitable drop in sales. To mark the occasion in Southern style I thought I would share a few pictures of my Adams A12 ‘Jubilee’ class 0-4-2 locomotive number 528.
Adams A12 ‘Jubilee’ Class no. 528
Built originally in 1887, at the time of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, hence them gaining the ‘Jubilee’ name, the Adams A12 class were built at the London South Western Railways own works at Nine Elms, and the first after a long period of its locomotives being built solely by outside engineering contractors.
A Nu-Cast kit forms the basis of this model.
The 0-4-2 wheel arrangement was pretty unique in the UK with only the B1 ’Gladstone’ class of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway being of a similar style although the A12 had outside axles boxes for the trailing Axle. Fifty were built at Nine Elms with a further 40 contracted out to Neilson & Co at Glasgow. For quite a diminutive engine they were surprisingly heavy excursions and troop train movements, goods services to the west of England, Weymouth and Southampton and passenger train services in north and central Devon. All 90 entered Southern Railway service and the last of the class was not withdrawn until 1948 (although the four that survived, just, into the British Railways ownership did not gain a BR number).
Salisbury had an allocation of ‘Jubilees’ right up to 1948, so 528 is quite at home being turned at Fisherton Sarum.
My model is a Nu-Cast white metal kit which was a little of a challenge to fit a reasonable size motor and gearbox into but manged it with a small Comet gearbox and Mashima motor in the end. Technically for the period I model 1946 to 1949 she should be in unlined black livery but felt at the time she would look better if she had managed to retain Maunsell livery just a little while longer.
I hope you all enjoy the weekends celebrations and that her Majesty, unlike the weather, continues to reign over us for many years to come.
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Posted in Exhibitions, General, tagged 0395 class, Adams, Brewhouse Quay, Chain shunting, Chris Nevard, London Chatham and Dover Railway, Railex, Risborough and District MRC, Southern, Southern Railway, T Class on May 28, 2012 |
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Last weekend I had the pleasure of assisting talented modeller and photographer Chris Nevard at the annual Railex show, organised by the Risborough and District MRS, with his small but stunning Brewhouse Quay layout. Although apparently set somewhere to the north of Bath, for a while at the weekend it was either transported further South East or a couple of aging Southern locomotives must have been on loan to the brewery company of Marriott, Dent and Foster (can you spot the connection?).
A view of Brewhouse Quay at Railex with muggins at the controls. Picture courtesy and copyright Chris Nevard
It had to be one of the hottest Railex shows ever with the metal clad Stoke Manderville Stadium sports hall acting very much like slow cooker. However with the quality of the modelling on show, from both layouts and demonstrators alike, coupled to one of the best collection of the specialist model trade under one roof ensured that once again this was an excellent show and the heat was a mere slight inconvenience.
Ex London Chatham and Dover Railway, Kirtley T Class 0-6-0T number 1604 of 1891 vintage shunts on the Quay. Picture courtesy and copyright Chris Nevard
Apart from one switchblade needing a slight repair, Brewhouse Quay operated faultlessly all weekend and it was only the shaky hands of the operators (well mainly me in fact) when trying to couple either the 3 link couplings or the shunting chain that challenged the illusion a little.
One of the features of Brewhouse Quay is the working wagon turntable complete with capstan and wagons are shunted using the chain which in 4mm scale is no mean feat, but yes it can be done, and was a popular operation with the onlookers.
Ex LSWR Adams 0395 class no. 3441 of 1883 vintage must have been specially cleaned and is seen on Brewhouse Quay away from its usual duties as a Salisbury Pilot engine.
Surprisingly within the first 10 minutes of the show opening a couple of visitors plied Chris with various bottles of beer, one of the advantages of a brewery layout perhaps? I was starting to think we would be inundated if this continued at that rate but alas no.
We did of course have to open and sample the malty beverage, each day, purely to ensure the correct atmospheric environmental ambiance around the layout was created you understand…
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