Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Long Toms

One of my favourite pastimes is rooting around in piles of old railway magazines hunting for technical drawings of locomotives. I have thousands of them. Sometimes you can get drawings in collections - like the Kalmbach "Locomotive Cyclopedia" in the USA or F.J. Roche's "Historic Locomotive Drawings". But the best fun is to root around in back numbers on some dusty shelf.

Here's one such drawing - from a 1975 edition of 'Model Railways' - a magazine of blessed memory now. It was more than a tad eccentric, there were endless detailed special articles and drawings and it the end it went bust and was resurrected to look sadly like every other model train magazine, full of adverts for Hornby trains.

It shows a Stockton and Darlington Bouch 0-6-0 as reboilered by Edward Fletcher - a class that used to be known as the first 'Long Toms' because of the length of their boilers and the way the firebox was stuck behind the rear axle. No 1275 is preserved somewhere in the UK - maybe at Shildon now or the North Road Museum at Darlington.

One day I'll get around to some serious model building with all these drawings - I promise!


At 10:40 AM, August 15, 2006, Blogger José Alberto Mostardinha said...

It is a pleasure to come here to see your news.
Very interesting.

New article in EG.
You can translate the page with Babel Translator

At 6:03 AM, August 16, 2006, Blogger Iain said...

Hi José

Thanks for your comment and it's very nice to meet you here. I hope you'll contribute often.

Are your family from Portugal? Did some lovely gricing there in 1997. I must dig out the pictures.


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