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BELFAST & COUNTY DOWN No26


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A recent addition to my Northern Irish line up.  B&CDR No 26, built in 1892 and working to the end of the BCDR in 1950. The train is a mixture of Provincial Wagons and Slater's

 

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It's a conversion from a Bachmann "C" class SECR 0-6-0, with a brass kit tender purchased originally in 2014.- been a long time in the making!  As usual with mine, there are compromises but i think she looks well, and is a smaller engine than No 4 which featured in a previous posting.

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I think older classes of locos with open cabs really need a crew. The fireman is working hard on the up grade to the bridge over the main lines.

 

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No 26 did haul passenger trains, chiefly on the Ballynahinch and Donaghadee lines, though did appear occasionally on the main line to Newcastle and the Bangor branch.

 

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Just to show the difference between 26 and 4 - considerably smaller, but, I think more attractive!  I bluffed the Beyer maker's nameplate on the middle splasher - its just the lining with a brass strip painted on -unlike modern models, you don't look at this one through a magnifying glass; keep your distance! Both engines are Bachmann and the making of No 4 is covered in a recent edition of New Irish Lines

 

Colm

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