Friday, 26 May 2017

LB&SCR A1/A1X Terriers: Later Years Pack, Livery 4

Probably the second most requested livery for the Terriers (after the original Stroudley "Green") is the standard British Railways Mixed Traffic Black.

14 of the 50 Terriers built were still in use and were transferred to BR in 1948. They carried on working hard even though they were over 70 years old and continued their old Southern Railway duties on the Isle of Wight railway and the Hayling Island branch line.

A single A1 variant made it into BR service, No. 54 "Waddon". In 1962 this engine was later preserved and shipped to the Delson Museum in Canada where it remains to this day.

13 A1X Terriers became part of BR, carrying the "Cycling Lion" emblem.

And 10 of these were still working in 1956 when BR changed to the "Ferret and dartboard" design.

Common to engines under British Railways they were given little care or cosmetic attention, especially towards the end of steam, and so we have provided both A1 and A1X in a very worn condition, again with the option of both emblems.

As with every A1X Terrier you can select any of the optional parts, all textured to match, and above you can see some different bunkers, chimneys, an optional toolbox on the top of the boiler and also the spark arrestor which was used on the Hayling Island branch to protect the wooden bridge.

We have one more livery to reveal for this pack next week and we hope to have a release date for it soon as well.

Friday, 19 May 2017

LB&SCR A1/A1X Terriers: Later Years Pack, Livery 3

Just a quick one today, showing the very fetching blue with red lined livery of the K&ESR. Also note the unique bunker modification which was extended straight up (rather then Isle of Wight style rear extension) and given right angle corners. It also has a set of optional matching rails that are angular rather than the more common rounded versions seen on the original bunkers. These are available on all liveries but were really only used on the K&ESR version.

And the A1 variant as well.
As with all of the Terriers from any of the packs you can give them any name and number you wish using the scenario editor.

Next week we'll have a long look at the the most requested livery - British Railways black.

Friday, 12 May 2017

LB&SCR A1/A1X Terriers: Later Years Pack, Livery 2

The second entry for this pack is one of the most requested liveries, although to those who are unaware of it it may be the most surprising. Less surprisingly, it's one of favourites!

Last week we looked at the two Terriers of the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Railway. Upon it's closure in 1940 the WC&PR line and all of its stock were taken over by the Great Western Railway and No. 2 and No. 4 were no exception.

Both engines were initially allocated to St Philip's Marsh and were used for shunting and harbour duties. Painted in GWR livery, with No. 2 "Portishead" becoming No. 5 (and retaining it's name and nameplate) and No. 4 becoming No. 6, both fitted with the standard GWR cab side numberplate with just a single digit.

In 1941 both engines were used to shunt at Portishead power station and also the US Army depot at Wapley Common.
In 1943 No. 6 was used to remove track from the old WC&PR and was then sent to Nottingham but being rarely used it was sent back to Bristol and was finally scrapped in 1948.
No 5. "Portishead" survived through 1948 and became a part of British Railways and in 1950, still in GWR livery, she did a short time as a shed pilot at Newton Abbot before being put into storage at Swindon. Unfortunately attempts to preserve her failed and in March 1954 she was broken up.

Although we don't think either engine ran as an A1 under the GWR we've still created these versions for the sake of completeness.

Next week.. more Terriers!

Friday, 5 May 2017

LB&SCR A1/A1X Terriers: Later Years Pack, Livery 1

As we hinted at previously there is going to be another Terriers livery pack, this one entitled "The Later Years", and we'll be showing the contents over the next week or two.

Today we're looking at 2 Terriers that were purchased for the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Railway, made famous by the eccentric Colonel H F Stephens, which was a branch line connected to the GWR. It's a fascinating line and well worth reading about.
Known as the WC&P Railway there is a story told of a lady who clouted a helpful GWR Stationmaster over the head with her umbrella after she asked for the train to Clevedon and misheard his reply as a suggestion to "go over to the WC and pee!"
Note: WC is an abbreviation of water closet, meaning toilet.

The 2 Terriers on the WC&PR were No. 43 "Gipsyhill" and No. 53 "Ashtead", purchased from the Southern Railway in 1925 and 1935 and numbered No. 2 "Portishead" and No. 4 respectively.
Sadly the line closed in 1940 due to it's worsening financial state and the last train was pulled on May 18th by No. 4.

Included in the pack are both WC&PR versions as an A1.

And as the A1X.

What happened next to these 2 engines may come as a surprise to those who don't know and we'll be taking a look at that livery next week.