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Hogwarts 'Hall' Class 49xx No.5972 'Olton Hall/Hogwarts Castle' - A Profile

Posted by Trainmaster64 , in Hogwarts 'Hall' Class... 30 March 2012 · 1,504 views

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No.5972, Hogwarts Castle, in a partially rebuilt state in 2012. The locomotive had been withdrawn for a few years prior to these photos being taken, and was quickly pieced together again for photographing. Once the strongest engine in the fleet, it has since been replaced by more powerful locomotives - although this does not detract from the locomotive's ability and style in the slightest. The classic profile of the locomotive is shown here.

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The side view, showing the locomotive's classic profile. The locomotive is a strong and capable engine, well-detailed and a stunner in terms of looks. The only problem is that the locomotive is in need of a cosmetic and mechanical overhaul before it returns to service again.

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The smokebox, front bogie truck, cylinders and copper-capped chimney that make up this locomotive's Western profile.

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The driving wheels, nameplate reading Hogwarts Castle (as opposed to its more traditional guise of Olton Hall), and the Belpaire firebox all marked out.

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The cab profile, showing some of the cosmetic damage like the reverser and firebox that needs to be examined at a point in the future.

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The tender, hastily reassembled for this photograph. The lettering is crisp and well-detailed, and the riveting down the side of the tender only add to the stunning looks of the locomotive.

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The rear profile, showing (in amidst the external work required like handrails) a truly decent locomotive.

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The front of the locomotive, showing the intricate detail that extends here as well. Although the locomotive is well-worn in apearance there is still something about its looks that are quite appealing, even now.

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The smokebox, showing the number, shedcode, and headboard of this locomotive. Overall a wonderful locomotive, and one that will definitely be cosmetically restored - operational running is another thing entirely at the moment, but there is always the hope...





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Captain Kernow
Mar 31 2012 14:23
If this is a Bachmann model, could you not obtain the necessary components to restore the mechanism to running order?
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Trainmaster64
Mar 31 2012 15:54
I could indeed - the problem with this being the availability of parts from Bachmann, as well as the difficulty in repairing the model. On paper it seems simple enough - a split-frame chassis mechanism, which I believe is the same as the tooling used in the Bachmann UK models of the 49xx Class - but my worry is that, in practice, this will not be as simple.

There's another factor: this was the first locomotive I ever received, and thus any decisions I make with it must be done very carefully. A cosmetic overhaul is no problem - simply repair or replace the body and tender shells - but a mechanical overhaul could be trickier, and I really don't want to risk any further mechanical wear or damage to what is my oldest, and one of my favourite, operating locomotives.

Thanks for commenting on this, by the way - I do appreciate it.

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