Jump to content
 
  • entries
    63
  • comments
    344
  • views
    10,579

Rhymney Railway K Class 0-6-2ST/0-6-2PT


JimC

2,000 views

These were a version of the J class with a larger bunker, but I found more subtle differences than I expected. Again its very heavily indebted to the excellent WRRC volume on the Rhymney. This sketch represents a locomotive rather earlier in its career than the J class sketch, with the rather unusual long brass number plate.

1605535849_RhymneyKClass.JPG.ed16f9de0c1fc5e795ba8242aaa78883.JPG

 

Note that this one has Ramsbottom safety valves rather than the pop valves on the J. There was a horrific accident with one of these locomotives where a fitter reassembled the Ramsbottom valves incorrectly and locked them tight so they could not release. The boiler exploded whilst shed workers were attempting to drop the fire and three men were killed and the locomotive destroyed. Subsequently the Rhymney had pop valves fitted to all new boilers.

 

Working from photographs in the WRRC book and in RCTS, here's an attempt at sketching out the pannier tank version of the K class. Curiously these shared a diagram with a version of the saddle tank with a GWR modified boiler, which would explain why I have no volume containing a weights drawing of this variation. There seems little point in sketching out the GWR saddle tank version, which externally had only a different dome and the safety valve cover to distinguish it from the Rhymney days. I think I'm right in saying this was the only 0-6-2 Pannier tank, certainly the only one with outside frames. 

 

1417932455_RhymneyKClassstd9.jpg.3294a3c8eecb9b13f7b19b831f749e7c.jpg

 

Edited by JimC
2nd replacement of images.

  • Like 4
  • Round of applause 1

6 Comments


Recommended Comments

JimC

Posted (edited)

I merged this post with the main entry after the RMWeb outage in March 2022.

 

Edited by JimC
  • Like 3
Link to comment
  • RMweb Gold

I had to clap at the Rhymney version, such an attractive loco and livery. The GWR version perhaps less so, but interesting nonetheless.

 

Thanks for bringing these locos back to life and to our attention, Jim.

Link to comment
JimC

Posted (edited)

On 15/06/2021 at 06:34, Mikkel said:

I had to clap at the Rhymney version, such an attractive loco and livery.

I haven't attempted to draw the lining out, which involved black borders and white lines. The passenger locomotives especially must have looked very striking. Don't place too much emphasis on the shades I've picked... The WRRC book says dark Brunswick Green and Chocolate, but those are names that cover a lot of territory. For colour choice I found colours described as dark brunswick green and chocolate on line, and constructed a palette based on them to give some shading. An O gauge or larger model of this class in the full turn of the century livery would be quite splendid, and very different to most models out there.  I think its probably valid to look at the contrast between the GWR middle chrome green and the Rhymney dark brunswick, but I don't pretend to any kind of fidelity. 

Edited by JimC
  • Like 1
Link to comment
  • RMweb Gold

The boiler explosion occurred at Cardiff East Dock shed, the situation not immedieately apparent but brought to light when the driver prepping the loco for duty reported a non-functioning steam pressure gauge; what had actually happened was that the pressure had risen to the extent that the needle was bearing hard against the '0 psi' stop from the other side!!!  The loco's dome was found at Adamsdown Cemetery on Moira Terrace, now Cemetery Park, nearly a mile away.

 

The Rhymney's very attractive passenger livery at this time was based on the Great Central's, because the CME, Hurry-Riches (his brother held the same post on the Taff Vale) had worked at Gorton before taking up the job on the Rhymney.  It would be reasonable to assume that the shade of green was the same.

 

The GW rebuilt Rhymney K class was indeed the only 0-6-2PT, at least in the UK, and the only 0-6-2 with outside frames on the GW.

  • Informative/Useful 1
Link to comment

slgbrhymK.jpg

 

Here's 104. Cornelius Lundie, the [insert just about all the senior job titles you can think of] of the RR, was not one to readily discard a configuration found successful. 

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...