Beware this an older design – not up to 2017 standards – it has now been discontinued but etches are still available from Just The Ticket
200 of these locos were built to replace similar (but worn out) locos acquired with the South Wales companies at the 1923 Grouping. As the coal traffic declined they were dispersed around the GWR. Although mostly built at Swindon, one batch was built by Armstrong Whitworth.
The coal bunkers went through three variations – originally straight across they first acquired a recess for a lamp, then a raised section as further protection for the lamp. The front step backplate was moved back in later locos and gained an extra step. Safety valve bonnets varied between tall and short as boilers were swapped. Cab window shutters were added.
Locos during the BR period can sometimes be seen with a line running along the tanks around mid height. These are the top edge of patch plates added to cure leaking tanks. Sometimes the patch plate stops at the front curve of the tank, sometimes it continues right round. Bunkers sometimes also acquired patch plates.
The model does not include patch plates.
Please note these etches are only available from Just The Ticket Engineering Supplies (NOT Orion Models) – see here http://justtheticketsupplies.co.uk/
Roche F. J. Historic Loco Drawings in 4mm scale Ian Allan Out of Print
Beattie I. Drawn & Described Peco ?
? Locos of the GWR part 5 – Six-coupled Tank Engines RCTS Out of Print
Russell J. H. A Pictorial Record of Great Western Engines OPC Out of Print
Harris M. Locos Illustrated 66 – Great Western 0-6-2Ts Ian Allan Out of Print
NRM Partial works GA drawings
Preserved loco (6697) at the Didcot Railway Centre
Preserved loco (6619) at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway moved on?
Preserved loco (5668) at the Kent & East Sussex Railway Awaiting Restoration
Preserved loco (6695) at the Swanage Railway
http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/6695/index.htm follow links on pages for more
Preserved loco (5637) at the East Somerset Railway
Preserved loco (5619) at the Telford Horsehay Steam Trust – now Telford Steam Railway – now at North Norfolk Railway
Preserved loco (6638) at The Railway Age, Crewe – now The Crewe Heritage Centre
http://www.creweheritagecentre.co.uk/ no info on 56XX
Preserved loco (6686) at the Barry Tourist Railway
Click here to download the following from Google Drive –
assembly instructions PDF
etched parts list PDF (parts 1 & 2)
Click here to download the punching rivets PDF from Google Drive and other common PDF documents
See the assembly instructions PDF for assembly photos