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Long time coming - J20


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This one really has been a long time coming! The Crownline kit has a 'checked' date on the box of 1997. I've had it 'in progress' for almost five years and most of the last two it has been in the naughty box threatening to be drop kicked out of the window. I'd left it socially isolating in south Cambridgeshire with one of my friends so long he was probably going to start charging rent. It looks like it I last mentioned it on this blog almost two years ago. The kit came back home in a socially distanced exchange and continued to taunt me in its box over Christmas.

 

I finally managed to crack the pull rods for the sandboxes which had been the most recent stumbling block, moved on to the cab foot-steps and finally progressed onto the front buffer beams, coupling hook and lamp-irons. Net result was that I was finally able to reassemble the locomotive into almost finished condition. I've still got the locomotive brake pull rods to attend to but I'm very happy with the progress.

 

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It is fair to say this locomotive is a beast, probably the largest 0-6-0 locomotives at the time. Built to haul the G.E.R. coal trains down the joint line from Lincoln I expect mine to find service on the early morning 'empties to Whitemoor' freight.

 

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Hopefully it won't be another two years before I write more about this.

 

David

 

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27 minutes ago, Dave Holt said:

Looks to have a very long wheelbase compared with most 0-6-0's. Hope it goes round curves.

Dave.

Yes, it does. There is a fair bit of side-play on the centre axle. Not having to worry about outside cylinders or pesky walschaerts valve gear helps a great deal.

David

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“It is fair to say this locomotive is a beast, probably the largest 0-6-0 locomotives at the time.”

 

A mere flyweight! The G&SWR Drummond 279 class of 1913 was longer (just) but heavier (3 tons engine only, 12 tons engine plus tender).
 

Well done for persevering, and making such a nice job of it. You do realize, since you’ve done this, that Hornby will now introduce an RTR version to go with their J15?

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Really nice to see the progress you have made on this kit.

 

As a long time follower of all things Great Eastern, This is the first time I've seen one of these Crownline kits assembled and running. 

 

J20 were the most powerful 0-6-0 design in terms of traction effort until the SR Q1 'Austerity' were introduced in 1942.

 

Best Wises

 

David

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11 hours ago, pH said:

 You do realize, since you’ve done this, that Hornby will now introduce an RTR version to go with their J15?

:rolleyes:I think we should call that 'Hatton's Law'

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That looks to be a beautiful job, even though it's taken a little while.

 

These are stunning locos, only wish I'd been old enough to see them. Your reminder that it has neither outside cylinders nor valve gear makes it a real attraction as a modelling project!

 

John.

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