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Alco S1 (Life-Like)

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The Steel Company of South Wales operated a fleet of Alco S1 engines from 1950 to the mid 1980s. The engines were based at the Port Talbot steel works and numbered 801 to 805. All five had been retired from service by 1985.

 

Engine number 802 was retired early to provide spare parts to keep the others running, but three of the engines made it into preservation: 801 (renumbered as 805 for a while), 803 and 804. The fate of 805 seems uncertain; most likely it was cut at Port Talbot in the mid-1980s but I imagine it took on a new lease of life on Shelf Island. The engine thus worked here until the equally imaginary arrival of a Mak Di8 from British Steel in 2012.

 

I have taken one of the Life-Like Proto 2000 models and made some minor modifications to it. So far I have removed the bell and stripped most of the paint. I have also trimmed the bottoms of the buffer beams and added four buffers.

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The model will probably stay like this for a while. The cab glazing has a white haze (I took this out before stripping the paint!), this makes it almost opaque and I need to cut some new glazing or find some as a spare part. I also need to decide on the form of the exhaust stack. I have plenty of photos of the South Wales engines, but not one shows the top of the bonnet.

 

I am undecided on the livery. I could settle for the original pale blue with the owner's lettering painted over - this would have to be very shabby indeed for 2012 - or imagine the engine repainted in green to match up with my class 11. I am happy to use the model unpainted for a while.

 

There is a topic for the engines here:
https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/112310-ex-steelworks-alco-locomotives/

 

Parts:
Buffers: Markits 4mm Oleo buffers

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If anyone has a photo showing the top of one of the South Wales engines this would be ever so useful to me ... it would let me see the arrangement of the exhaust and any additional details on the top of the bonnet - the Life Like model includes parts for extra walkways.

 

- Richard.

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I thought 802 was the one that ended up at Wallingford station and sold for scrap by its owner a couple of years ago.

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On 19/03/2019 at 09:11, RJS1977 said:

I thought 802 was the one that ended up at Wallingford station and sold for scrap by its owner a couple of years ago.

 

These are my notes, compiled from bits and pieces I have found online, plus inputs from other members of the RMweb:

  • 802 was retired from service in 1982 and provided spare parts to keep the others running until 1985. The engine was cut in 1986.
  • 801 was purchased for preservation, repainted in Union Pacific livery and renumbered ‘805’, and displayed at a roadside diner in Oswestry. By 2017, the engine was being restored at Overton at the Nene Valley railway.
  • 803 was stored at Wallingford on the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway, and cut there during 2016.
  • 804 was donated to Railworld,
  • 805 is unconfirmed, but possibly cut at Port Talbot in 1986.

I'm happy to change these of course. A photo of 802 or 803 would help.

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July 2017 - Alco 801 was being worked on at Overton, Nene Valley Rly

 

803 at Wallingford is reported to have been cut up. I look into the Alcos from time to time and I think I had learned of this via a thread on RMWeb but I cannot find it. 

 

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Here is a link to the other thread - the IRPS had contacted me on Facebook and updated me on 801, 803 and 804. 

 

 

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On 19/03/2019 at 09:11, RJS1977 said:

I thought 802 was the one that ended up at Wallingford station and sold for scrap by its owner a couple of years ago.

 

19 minutes ago, ianofsklr said:

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803 at Wallingford is reported to have been cut up. I look into the Alcos from time to time and I think I had learned of this via a thread on RMWeb but I cannot find it. 

 

 

It does look as though 803 was the engine at Wallingford.

 

Ian - thank you for your notes, I have updated my own comment (above) to suit. I still wonder where 805 went, but I could always make my model number 806. This would sort out any historical nuances.

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19 hours ago, ianofsklr said:

Here is my Alco with buffers and resprayed. 

Very nice. When my model arrived it was in a very matt black and I could hardly see any of the details. Yours looks a whole lot better in a slightly glossy black.

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I went for a satin black and it was probably one of the first things I stripped and resprayed. 

I need to sort out the couplings and not have the crude one on the front.

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