reference 0-4-0 allocation North British Judith Edge Kit
The prototype is the North British MAN 225hp 0-4-0DH
Specifically the third batch D2745-D2780 that were introduced from January 1960.
Yes. It is another kit from the Judith Edge range. Michael Edge has previously started a thread on RMWeb discussing the early development of the kit. This has now been released as two kits one for the second batch (D2720-D2744, June 58 - April 1959) and one for the third batch (D2745-D2780, January 1960 - March 1961).
The differences between the first batch (11708-11719, D2708-D2719, August 1957 - November 1957) and the later two batches were fairly significant (weight, height, length, wheel base, wheel size, tractive effort, max speed, brake force and fuel tank capacity) so it is understandable why the kits cover the second two batches.
Sticking to information about D2745-D2780:
They were ordered by BR specifically for the Scottish Region being delivered in sequence as sub-batches to the sheds: St. Margrets, East field, Parkhead, Dawlston, Grangemouth, Polmont and Bathgate. D2745, D2746 and D2750 strayed as far as Dundee in 1966; D2750 was in Kittybrewster in 1963; D2776 and D2778 were transferred to Grangemouth in 1966 to replace D2774 which had been sent to Eastfield; but otherwise they remained and were withdrawn pretty well where they were first allocated.
An excellent source of information, drawings and photographs, as always on shunters, is The Diesel Shunter by Colin J Marsden (OPC/Ian Allen) ISBN 0 86093 579 5 pp120-123. In there, are good photographs of D2754, D2755, D2758 and D2760. There are also photographs of D2709, D2711 & D2718 from the first batch and D2723 from the second batch which illustrate the differences in appearance between the batches.
The fate for most of these was the cutters torch, however, a few were sold off for use in industry (eg. NCB South Wales). Unfortunately I have no details of which ones and can find no photographs of them during this period.
D2767 and D2774 have survived. Initially preserved at the East Lancashire Railway both have since returned to Scotland; D2767 at Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway and D2774 on the Strathspey Railway.
Web searches for photographs has turned up only a few in pre-preservation era. This one of D2745 at Edinburgh Haymarket, 7th July 1960 by Alan Curtis, is possibly the most interesting as it confirms that this loco took part in the wasp stripe experimentation. Note the stripes here are inverted and probably the white/black type. This is surprising, as I thought that this experimentation had concluded in the adopted form by the end of 1957. It is noted in the above reference that 3 other members of the first batch (D2709 photo) took part in this experiment.
The first batch were all delivered in BR black livery with the number below the cab window and the Lion over Wheel logo on the engine compartment side. The following two batches (and first batch on renumbering) were all delivered in BR Standard Green with the Lion over Crown above the number on the cab sides. It is also reported that when delivered in the green livery they all supported the adopted wasp stripes. Though we see, above, that this was initially not the case at least with D2745.
Photographic Source References: (Book and Internet)
1. D2754 at St Margarets on 11th June 1960 (J P Cornish) in The Diesel Shunter by Colin J Marsden (OPC/Ian Allen) ISBN 0 86093 579 5 p122.
2. D2755 at Dalry Road on 11th May 1960 (Norman E Preedy) in The Diesel Shunter by Colin J Marsden (OPC/Ian Allen) ISBN 0 86093 579 5 p123.
3. D2758 at Glasgow Eastfield on 19 June 1960 (Gavin Morrison) in The Diesel Shunter by Colin J Marsden (OPC/Ian Allen) ISBN 0 86093 579 5 p123.
4. D2760 unspecified location and date (CJM collection) in The Diesel Shunter by Colin J Marsden (OPC/Ian Allen) ISBN 0 86093 579 5 p122.
5. D2745 at Edinburgh Haymarket on 7th July 1960 (Alan Curtis).
6. D2771 at Parkhead on 15th July 1965 (Bill Wright).
7. D2774 at Celynen South Colliery, S. Wales in Industrial Railways in Colour: South Wales by Adrian Booth (Irwell Press) ISBN 1 90326 651 3 p54.
8. D2774 at Celynen South Colliery, S. Wales on 12th June 1983 in Industrial Railways in Colour: South Wales: Vol 2 by Michael Poulter (Irwell Press) ISBN 1 90326 663 7 p46.
9. D2749 at Granton on 10 May 1965 (Castlerahan)
The build and withdrawal dates along with the shed allocations are given on this web page.
Any further information on these locos, especially photographic or of their industrial use, would be most welcome. I will try to keep the references on this page updated.