Friday, 3 November 2017

Raven (LNER) Q6: First Look

Today we have the first modelling images of our next locomotive, the Raven Q6.

In the early part of the 20th century a large surge in mineral traffic required a power upgrade to the successful NER Q5 design so Sir Vincent Raven designed the Q6 using the best parts of the piston valve version of the Q5 and adding a larger boiler.
120 Q6s were built between 1913 and 1921 and the 0-8-0 tender freight engines were a huge success; described as strong and reliable, they gave service right up until the end of steam.
Initially allocated to sheds in the North East to haul coal from the collieries, under the LNER the Q6's ventured further afield including trips to Manchester via Woodhead Tunnel, and to Doncaster, and after 1930 they went north of the Tyne as well. In the 1940s, they went further south to Peterborough and March.

A common sight around Darlington and the surrounding area through their whole lives the Q6's will be a perfect heavy freight locomotive for the Weardale & Teesdale Network and many other Northern routes and also a popular choice for passenger services in preservation.

As usual, we begin modelling with the wheels, to assist with the scaling.. and because you need to start somewhere!

Then some basic filling out - the boiler and running plate allow us to place the distinctive sand boxes and splashers.

After adding some detail we look to the right hand side which has a mechanical lubricator, operated by a rod from the driving wheel.

Adding the frames, front buffer beam and a basic cab shape makes it start to look less like a mobile boiler and more like a locomotive!

Completing the piston, crosshead and slides means we should be able to drive somewhere when the times comes.

And that's everything for today, we'll be back with more modelling progress next week.


  1. Model Mesh looks exactly like the Black'n White picture, this is amazing will it be released from Steam or Steam Sounds Supreme?

  2. Q6's have to be one of my favorite 0-8-0's.