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.
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:
Buffers: Markits 4mm Oleo buffers