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Hello everyone! I've been looking at a GBL C class body I've had spare for a wee while and wondering what to do with it. Having already got two Cs in the making, an O and O1 planned, and perhaps one of the Brighton C variants, it seemed a bit pointless to hold onto it in its current form. But wait. The SECR C was developed from the Chatham B2 class, with many features seemingly transferred straight over to the more modern vehicle. How promising. Looking at photos and drawings, there are a few differences, but they aren't terribly difficult to deal with; The splashers need swapping over The smokebox needs a wingplate A new cab is needed The driving wheels are 2'' shorter on a B2 (I doubt this is noticeable at all) Tenders aren't entirely identical, but close enough to perhaps warrant using a GBL tender modified slightly Possibly a new chimney? I don't really see any difference Overall, the dimensions are there and it seems like a relatively fun and simple conversion (famous last words...) I've already started by removing the splashers and the injectors (I'm guessing that's what the small gold pips were on the side of the smokebox?), and cut out the majority of the centre in the frames, as well as remove the front set of steps (The C2s didn't have these). My next step will be to tidy up the space left on the footplate and open up the space enough to accept a Hornby 0-6-0 chassis (I'm unsure if I'll stick with this, but for testing the loco clearance, it works). Furthermore, the cab space will need to be cut out and a new cab floor installed, but I can do that in good time. Then the splashers will need sanding back internally as much as possible, and a new wingplate for the smokebox forming in plasticard eventually. All of this took me around an hour? The cab replacement, I may consider working with one of the CAD-whizzes on here to solve that, once I find better drawings, as I also want some Wainwright-pattern cabs for my Stirling project, just for some variety. Thoughts, everyone?
Hi All I'd appreciate some confirmation (or otherwise) on these two photographs which were included in a job lot bought at local auction. I think they are both ex Midland Railway Kirtley double-framed 700 class 0-6-0s. The letters 'LMS' can just be discerned on the cab side in photo No.19. If I'm right (even though they have different cabs) Will Adams excellent 'Locomotives we have lost' tells me that just one of these survived into BR service with round topped Johnson boiler and Salter safety valves - LMS No. 22630: BR 58110 - withdrawn from Derby November 1951. Could pic 20 be that? Any idea on the location? Residential buildings behind pic 20; workshops behind pic 19?