Hattons Andrew Barclay 0-4-0st

Happily I have my two (for now) Hattons Andrew Barclay 0-4-0st models.

They’re pivotal to Dudley’s Coal. The Earl of Dudley’s railway from the 1920’s onwards became solely run by Barclay 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 saddle tanks. With only the odd Peckett and an Avonside tank trialled during the 1910’s, being withdrawn in the late 20’s.

While the railway did use both the 14″ and 16″ cylinder locos, the 14″ locos were prevalent. Being early locomotives from Andrew Barclay, they were all of the open cab style. Hence the reason for purchasing the Caledonian model from Hattons. Strange that they didn’t decide to model an Earl of Dudley prototype really. 😁

While a lovely looking model with a well applied livery, it will be stripped very soon as the Earl’s locos were green. They were also lined when new.

The major changes from the Hattons locos are the buffers, with a large rectangular buffer head. As seen below. Non of the Hattons models have this style of buffers as it must have been either a special request or they were replaced at the Wallows, the Earl’s engine works, who were famous modifying locomotives.

Lady Honor at The Wallows

There were a few other modifications made to the locos by the works, with alterations to the handrails, as seen in the Lady Honor link above.

The big change for the model will be a conversion to P4 using a set of Barclay wheels from Alan Gibson. There seems to be enough space behind the cylinders without needing to move them out. There is a spacer between the rods connecting on the driving wheel, which will be removed. A write up of this will be done when I have all the parts.

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