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NWR No.901 'Revenge' - Info Sheet

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FACT SHEET

NWR No.
901

NWR Name:
Revenge

Wheel Arrangement
2-8-0+0-8-2

Builder
Beyer Peacock, Gorton Works, Manchester, 1924

Class
Beyer-Garratt

History

Since Cronk and Maron are much higher than Suddery Junction near Wellsworth, the four miles at a ruling gradient of 1 in 45 have through the years been a testing ground for NWR locomotives. Bankers are stationed at Wellsworth specifically for this section.

In 1924 the NWR ordered an articulated 2-8-0+0-8-2 Beyer-Garratt from Gorton, to do the work of two locos while requiring a single crew. The design was to use the wheels, motion and cylinders from ex-ROD 2-8-0s being sold as war surplus, enabling a commonality of components with other NWR locos.

For crews, the Garratt was hard work. Lack of a mechanical stoker put a huge strain on the fireman. The enclosed cab, whilst a great help in Winter when the cold wind blows in from the Irish Sea, was a furnace in high summer.

When compared to Gresley’s 6-cylinder Garratt, the NWR example was able to maintain a head of steam and occasionally worked service trains.

Like most NWR goods locos, ‘Revenge’ was named after a warship built at Barrow, in this case the battleship HMS Revenge of 1915.

The Model

Hattons’ ‘Sale of the Century’ yielded a supply of cheap ex-GWR ROD 2-8-0 locos, the tenders of which ended up on the Woolwich moguls. The chassis found their way onto the Garratt.
I had to re-mount the motors so they sat over the centre of the chassis, thereby locating them in the engine units and enabling the boiler frame to sit over the driving wheels.
The boiler itself was also from Hattons’ spare parts department, a victim of Heljan’s burnt out motors and broken valve gear from the first production run of the LMS Garratt.
The engine unit superstructures were mounted on running plates salvaged from Hornby 8Fs I was cutting up for the boilers and cabs, with the bodies made from styrene sheet. Handrails are from Markits and the filler lids were salvaged from Great British Locomotives static models.

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Looks good Corbs, if ever a loco deserved a wider photo this is it!

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7 hours ago, Mikkel said:

Looks good Corbs, if ever a loco deserved a wider photo this is it!

I could barely fit it in ;)

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Really does look superb and the blue livery really lifts it - a change from the usual drab black of the LMS Garratts! I'd missed that this was intended for banking duties - I know understand the searchlight headlamp a la Big Emma.

I have one slight niggle though, which I hope you will excuse. With the high running plate of the 8F combined with the cylinders of the ROD, there's a lot of daylight behind the cylinders where the valve chests should go - at the moment it looks as if the cylinders are floating in mid-air.

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5 hours ago, Compound2632 said:

Really does look superb and the blue livery really lifts it - a change from the usual drab black of the LMS Garratts! I'd missed that this was intended for banking duties - I know understand the searchlight headlamp a la Big Emma.

I have one slight niggle though, which I hope you will excuse. With the high running plate of the 8F combined with the cylinders of the ROD, there's a lot of daylight behind the cylinders where the valve chests should go - at the moment it looks as if the cylinders are floating in mid-air.

Thanks mate. Yes I had read that the U1 suffered during buffering-up due to the length of the loco, so thought a headlamp was essential.

The gap between footplate and cylinders bothers me too. Originally I was going to add some steam pipes to the rear of the cylinders. Torn between that and adding some wrappers to extend their outline vertically, a bit like the GWR 2 cylinder cylinders but without the valve chests.

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