Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by aron33, Aug 15, 2017.
They're waiting for sufficient donor locos to become available.
My memory of what was said at that meeting is very hazy. All I can remember is that they seem to have sound plans but that work will proceed according to funding (of course), so they're keen to get more members. I don't remember what, if anything, was said about emulating the A1SLT's approach to funding.
Interesting that the Drummond `BUG` should have come up as a subject for a new build . Ever since I saw some pictures of it in the late Barry Curl`s book on Nine Elms Works I have been fascinated by this unique and beautiful little loco .
It has been my ambition to build a replica , hopefully utilising the carriage portion that thankfully still exists . I have spent several years tracking down any drawings that have survived and now have enough information to make a start . The constuction is fairly simple as one would expect for a `one off` - the most costly item is likely to be the pair of drivers. The boiler is about the same size as a large traction engine ( of which I have some experience ) with a tiny copper firebox, and again pretty simple.
Of course, it could never be a big money earner in terms of its passenger hauling capacity with comfortable seating for just 8 people , but what class / style riding on it would be, emulating the great Mr. Drummond !
Apart from that , what a beautiful example of an truely Edwardian locomotive.
You could build two chassis and turn one into a Caledonian single...... or is that just a Triang idea?
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Wasn't there a Midland flavoured example? .... Or was it the Caley one in LMS livery?
Correct. The Caley beastie in LMS maroon, numbered 14010, if memory serves.
Just imagine off season private charters on somewhere like the K&ESR
Her is a engine with several similarities as the locomotive mentioned. This one is preserved by the Pichi Richi Railway , Australia.
Built by Kitson in Leeds in 1905, works number 4356
in other words; British Quality!
OK, Mark, do some costings! Then find 8 - 10 wealthy people who'd like a little runaround and split the price with them! Heck, it would easily fit on a low-loader - a complete train! I wonder if there are some suitable industrial cylinders/valve gear that could be adapted?
Tell me if I'm wrong, but the most recent issue of STEAM magazine stated that the parts for the Gresley V4 that the group at Darlington are going to build have arrived. Is this true?
Not all the parts! I only skimmed the article, but as I recall they have acquired a set of tyres for the carrying and driving wheels when an opportunity arose to get an unused set from another locomotive owner; also as I recall a chimney.
But what a platform for footplate experience sessions...
Who on earth has a set of tyres for a V4 sitting around spare?
According to the Steam Railway mag, Malcolm Barlow (founder of the Gresley V4 society) had them made in the 1990s with the intention of building a new V4, and David Buck (owner of the Mayflower) acquired them recently and offered them to the A1 Trust.
David Buck, of Steam Dreams and B1 ownership fame. He acquired them as part of a job lot of spares and has passed the V4 stuff on to the Trust - there was an abortive attempt to build a V4 some years ago, a tender was acquired (which the B17 mob now has) and some other components made.
I haven't got my books in front of me, so can't look it up at the moment... But were either of the V4s used on the West Highland Line? If so, the new-build would be a superb machine to see on Glasgow - Fort William-Mallaig services... It would also be nice to hear the Gresley 3-cylinder beat in the West Highlands again too, since 61994 looks like it will be dormant for a very long time.
A V4 would also be a really useful L.N.E.R. locomotive for the N.Y.M.R.. As the Moors is another equally twisty, turny, switchback route as the West Highland Line.
Yes they were
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