This model was built by J.K.Stansfield of Colne in 1993, from the Malcolm Mitchell kit. The motor/gear unit is by ABC and the wheels are good quality cast iron. The pick-ups are of the plunger type and it all has been built to a very professional and well detailed standard. Since then it has been displayed unpainted in a glass case. After purchase, it has been thoroughly cleaned and serviced to excellent running condition by myself and expertly painted and weathered by John Cockcroft. The model even has a tender makers plate with the correct number, 1898, all part of the excellent service from Severn Mill nameplates.
Only two of the Granges were given the British Railways mixed traffic lined black livery. 6809 in December 1949 when the loco was allocated at Penzance, having a 3500 gallon Churchward pattern tender at the time. The other, number 6819 having the Collett intermediate pattern tender when it was painted in lined black at Caerphilly in 1955. All other Granges were painted plain black, until green became the standard livery for the class in the late 1950’s.
My latest build of a good looking and unusual prototype, after a wash and brush-up it will be ready for painting. Built on a commission basis from the very comprehensive DJH kit, fitted with Slaters wheels and the excellent Slaters GB30R-3M gearbox with a Mashima motor. As can be seen from the photo, many parts of this model are cast in white metal, the smokebox/boiler/firebox has been usual for DJH kits for as long as I have been building, but this kit has the cab floor cast a drop in from below casting, to which the backhead can be screwed, making a well detailed unit. The cab roof and splasher box castings are well detailed and everything fits together well. Each of the bogies are also one piece castings, the leading one has a very clever wiper power pickup idea, designed and incorporated into the kit. All in all making a quick to build model and recommended for the more inexperienced model builder.
Built on commission from the DJH/Piercy kit by myself between May and October 2020. Now beautifully painted by John Cockcroft she (he?) is ready to go to her new owner. Because of the new travelling restrictions when that will be, who knows?
Models of these delightful little Isle of Wight locos rarely appear and even more rarely come up for sale. I was fortunate to be taken to the Isle of Wight on holiday when in my early teens and I still have a photo of Brading, taken on the small turntable at the end of the line at Ventnor. Thus the motivation for me to buy and build this kit. Check out Jim McGowan’s Connoiseur website http://www.jimmcgeown.com/Photo%20Gallery%20Customers%20Models/Southern%20Class%2002%20Photo%20Gallery.html for more photos of models of these locos. (All in green livery? None in black, I wonder why??)
I bought this kit in completely untouched condition from a good friend, now deceased, who had decided to sell his collection because of health problems. He had bought it probably 30 years previously and it had lain in the bottom of his wardrobe ever since. Now here it is built, painted and running like a dream and none the worse for spending all of those years in the dark.
Thanks to the Railway Modellers Ireland Facebook group and Jonathan Beaumont in particular I have received the following information:
JB – Originally olive green – quite dark, and with lining. No actual details of the lining survive but perusal of early photos suggest black and white. The letters “S L N C R” were in shaded gold or yellow on the tank sides. It is not known what colour the nameplates were, though during the “black” era (probably about 1910/15 onwards) these were variously black with red writing, or red with polished writing.
MB – There is a photo of classmate “Lurganboy” on the smugmug website, with “SL&NCR” lettering on the tank sides, but the rest of the loco looks to be unlined. Would this lettering have been carried in the olive green days with the lining?
JB – Yes.
JB – After they started painting them unlined black I believe, but cannot be certain, that the lettering continued for a while (on the unlined black background). Connecting rods are often seen (copied) on models as red. Evidently they were not – they were black or more likely, unpainted.