When I started out on my 7mm scale modelling journey I reckoned that I could get along nicely with just two locomotives. So to keep a sense of identity, and continuity for the latest episode of the Lugg Valley Railway saga, I decided that old favourites 1455 and 7416, albeit in the larger scale would continue to handle traffic on the line.
At the moment only 7416 is available, but all being well 1455 will arrive later this month, however this time she will be modelled as she appeared in her later years with a top feed.
I thought I had the loco’s sorted but it is funny how interests can change, take Pannier tanks for instance. I had always preferred the ‘8750’ class with their modern Collett cabs, to the older ‘5700’ class. But of late I have become attracted to them, especially those members of the class that had riveted tanks. As one friend said, “they have a hunkered down no nonsense appearance”. So after carrying out a little research, and after much pondering I decided to open my wallet and purchase a ‘Minerva’ model of the class without topfeed.
These models come with a detailing pack and are unnumbered, etched number and shed plates of your choice being available at a discount from ‘Narrow Planet’. I like this approach as it makes it easier to model an exact member of the class, without having to remove unwanted detail or number plates from an otherwise pristine model.
You are given a choice of long or short whistle shields, a pair of toolboxes for the running plate. Bunker and front steps, an ATC battery box, a lovely little bucket, tools and all the pipework, and a lamp iron for the rear of the bunker. I haven’t got around to detailing my model yet, I’ll do that once the etched plates arrive.
I have yet to come across a photo of this class of locomotive on the Kington Railways, but I discovered that Hereford shed (85C) had an allocation of the class throughout the 1950’s, the last examples being withdrawn in 1960. Kington and Leominster were both sub sheds of Hereford so it is possible that one could have worked up the Kington branch and beyond. My model will be numbered 7719 and have an 85C shedcode. I find researching such things to be an interesting part of the model railway hobby, and believe selecting locomotives that actually, or could have worked in the area being modelled helps create a feeling of time and place. After years of modelling in EM it makes such a refreshing change to be able to unbox a model, and run it without having to change wheels or build a new chassis, and that is why I rejected the idea of modelling in S7.
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