16 August 2020
Following on from the firms' 61XX 2-6-2T, this model will be built to 1:32 scale for 45mm gauge track, and is sure to be popular with GWR and BR steam enthusiasts.
The GWR 43XX 2-6-0 'Moguls' were a product of Churchward's standardisation policy at Swindon and owe their origin to the 'family' of locomotives he developed at the beginning of the 20th century.
In 1906, Churchward fitted a more powerful Standard No. 4 boiler to his successful 3100 Class 2-6-2T to create the GWR 3150 Class. These showed themselves to be successful locomotives but their 65T weight and 2,000-gallon water capacity meant that they tended to be restricted to suburban passenger traffic. In 1909, Harry Holcroft, working in the Swindon drawing office, obtained permission for a working trip to Canada and was much impressed with the small-wheeled 'moguls' in use there.
Churchward was looking forward to the replacement of his predecessor’s 4-4-0 classes on secondary duties and, knowing of Holcroft's interest in the type, approached him and asked, "Get me out a 2-6-0 with 5' 8" wheels, outside cylinders, the No. 4 boiler and bring in all the standard details you can." Using parts 'off the shelf', the cab and outside cylinders of the 'Saint' class, the wheels of ’31XX’ 2-6-2 tank, the No. 4 boiler (in its superheated form) and a 3500-gallon tender, little additional design work was required. After the initial 20 had been produced with the short 'Saint' style cab, subsequent locomotives had the cab extended 9" to accommodate the injector better, trading route availability for ease of maintenance.
The class was built in a series of batches from 1911 until 1923 with Collett adding further examples (with a side-window cab) between 1925 and 1932 and in total 342 of these useful mixed traffic locomotives were built, they were at home with passenger trains at 60mph as with moderately heavy goods trains. Like any long-lived design, numerous details differed between batches including cab length, outside steam-pipes, ballast weights, experiments with oil-firing and the fitting of screw reverse to the Collett examples. The class served all over the Great Western and operated to destinations as diverse as Tonbridge, Andover and Liverpool and 11 examples from the 53XX series were sent to France to serve with the Railways Operating Division (ROD) during WWI. During the 1930s, class members were withdrawn and their wheels and motion parts used to create the 'Manors' and 'Granges', a process interrupted by WW2, after which, British Railways started to scrap the entire class, the last examples being withdrawn in 1964. Luckily two survived, No. 5322, now at Didcot Railway Centre, and Collett example No. 9303 at the Severn Valley Railway.
The model is built to1:32 scale for 45mm gauge track, gas-fired with a single flue boiler. The chassis is constructed from stainless steel, the wheels are un-insulated. The boiler is copper, the cab and bodywork are constructed from etched brass. The gas tank is in a water bath in the tender. The model will run around 4′ 6″ radius curves and is happy on code 332 or code 250 tracks, however, Accucraft does not recommend running through LGB code 332 pointwork.
Aware that there were a large number of livery variations among members of the class, they will be offering the variants subject to order volume. Target UK RRP ￡2500.00
Accucraft would like to thank David Fletcher for the marvellous drawings he has produced of this useful locomotive.
- Scale: 1:32
- Gauge: 45mm
- Length over buffers: 580mm (22½ inches)
- Width: 90mm (3½ inches)
- Height: 119mm (4¾ inches)
- Min Radius: 1.3m (4′6″)
- Boiler: Centre Flue, superheater
- Working Pressure: 60psi
- Valve Gear: Piston valves, two cylinders
- Fuel: Butane Gas
- Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge.
- Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, lubricator
- Construction: Copper boiler, Brass boiler jacket, Brass cab, Etched brass bodywork, Steel drivers
Liveries available subject to production batch:
S32-16A – Unlined GWR green 'Great Western'
S32-16B – Unlined GWR green 'GWR'
S32-16C – Unlined BR black with early emblem
S32-16D – Unlined BR black with late crest
S32-16E – Lined BR green with early emblem
S32-16F – Lined BR green with late crest
S32-16R - Unlined ROD black, No. 5322 (TBC)