Caledonian Railway 812 class 0-6-0 no. 824

Caley no. 824
Caledonian Railway 812 class 0-6-0 tender loco no. 824. Bought from a Lacy, Scott & Knight auction at Bury St. Edmonds in May 2017 as no. 57566 in black. with 3 rail and skate current collection. The paint had been applied by brush and although it looked reasonable from a distance, it didn’t stand close scrutiny. Looking through the paint however, it was clear and especially relevant that this coarse scale model had been very well scratch built. First of all the stripping of the original paintwork preceded the models complete refurbishment and conversion to a 2 rail finescale model by myself. Now expertly re-painted to Caledonian dark blue fully lined livery by John Cockcroft. Current collection is by the American method. This is where the loco collects from one rail and the tender from the other. New insulated Slaters wheels have been carefully shorted by soldering thin wire behind a spoke on one or other side of the loco and tender. Consequently, this system works very well, however an insulated drawbar and fallplate are required. Numberplates were purchased from Guilplates to complete the rebuild. In the same auction and clearly from the same collection, were 37 other model locos. All unusual north of the country prototypes and all scratch built 3-rail. It seems that the previous owner (now deceased) lived in Carlisle, which explains his preference of Northern England or Scottish locos. An LNER D49 Hunt class model was bought at the same time and for a description and images of this loco follow this link. Both examples of risky purchases that in my opinion have paid off. If only at the time I had the confidence (and the funds) to have bought more?