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The GWR Fictional Branchline Class
For our 2016 Christmas Card we again produced a Santa themed flight of fancy.
An assumption that as the post-war railway modelling boom led to a significant, albeit, fictional growth in GWR branch line mileage had reality seen these lines actually built, Swindon would have faced an extreme motive power crisis requiring an innovative solution. The need, locomotives with a light axle load, a short yet flexible chassis and equally small wheels to provide adequate adhesion on the many improbably steep gradients. Recent research in the SLS Library has discovered an initial concept drawing for the 99XX class; a twin bogie, 0-4-4-0 ST Mallet design supplying the necessary solution and available in model form for one night only, by special delivery direct from Santa’s Locomotive Suppliers, Santa’s Workshops, The North Pole.
About the Image
A merger of two drawings from our, now out of print, 2nd Book of Locomotive Drawings. The MOS 0-6-0 ST (Slightly extended here) was drawn by Arthur F Cook and the wheel sets are from Lynn & Fakenham Rly 0-4-0 ST Alpha drawn by A M Wells.
(Please excuse the technical improbablities.)
Designed for the SLS by Island-Publishing. All images used are © John New/SLS Montage © SLS 2016.
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