|HR16 at Gollanfield about 1899. Courtesy of Am Baile from the HRSoc collection|
Above is the only photo existing of HR16/49 in Highland Railway days. There are several later pictures of her in LMS livery which show that a rear bunker was fitted, lamp irons added and the Jones chimney was replaced by one of Stroudley design. It appears that the rear bunker was fitted around 1910, though when the other changes were made, in the absence of pictorial or other evidence, is not clear. In 2/1901 No.16 lost its name and was renumbered 49 by the HR, the number plate being taken from an old 14-Class 2-4-0, presumably recently scrapped. No.16 went to newly built 4-4-0 Ben Avon. It is a matter of regret that no photo is known of no.49 in Highland livery.
The engine is built without the aid of a kit though with the aid of commercial castings, where available, mostly from Laurie Griffin Miniatures. I believe there was a kit, designed by Mike Williams, which was available at one time from Agenoria. However, scratch building undoubtedly produces a better result.
|HR49 chassis complete. |
Attaching the rear cab steps to the chassis allowed me to include the step supports, which are fixed behind the steps and soldered to the frames. The holes in the water tank and the brake cylinders are to house the coupling and buffer shanks. Brake detail is scratch built and derived from a drawing by Charlie Wrigley in HRJ 107. The brake pull-rods are cantilevered out and down slightly to accommodate the bosses on their downward travel, an awkward feature to make in model form, involving much measuring and a good deal of trial and error.
|Reverser and back head are scratch built, fittings on the back head are from various sources, much modified.|
|Details of the cab interior where obscure are taken from drawings of Stroudley's Terrier class.|
The cab roof can be removed to examine detail in the cab and to fit the crew who will be added to the engine after painting. Livery is intended to be plain green unlined Drummond II with brightwork. The side tanks will carry the lettering H . R and the green buffer beam will display H.R and the number 49.