The ’00’ Works have produced a number of small batches of hand built Ready to Run locomotives including a variety of Southern classes, including most recently an ex London Brighton and South Coast Railway Marsh I3 4-4-2 Tanks. They also produced, before Hornby, a brass Devon Belle Observation car which graces Fisherton Sarum. The ’00’works have announced that they are to produce three versions of the ex London and South Western Drummond D14 4-4-0 express passenger locomotives.
Initially three versions are being produced, due for production this year, with pre-orders available to be taken via their website:
- BR Black Lined No 30465 (Small early crest with stove-pipe chimney)
- SR Black Bulleid Black Sunshine lettering No 466 (Original chimney, no Snifting valves)
- SR Olive Lined No 463 (Original chimney with Snifting valves)
The 00 Works advise that the The D-15 will have an all Metal cast body and fitted with a Coreless motor. The D-15 will also come fitted with slimline Bachmann/Hornby type couplings which can be unscrewed to replace if required.
As I explained in my Talking Stock#17 Post here Drummond was responsible for the introduction of 18 locomotive types including from the diminutive C14 class, 700’s, M7’s, a number of 4-4-0 classes including of course the renown T9 ‘Greyhounds’ class a small number of 4-6-0’s classes such as the T14’s and also a couple of railcars too. Over ten of these classes were long lived and survived well into British Railways ownership with the last of the D15 class not being withdrawn until 1956.
The D15’s were the final 10 Drummond 4-4-0’s introduced and were a version of the L12 class but with a longer boiler and firebox, with an overall 18″ longer wheelbase than the T9. The D15s performed exceptionally well and were put to work on the Bournemouth line where, apparently, many drivers preferred them to the less successful Drummond 4-6-0’s designs. They latterly saw extensive use on the Portsmouth line.
Past Southern locomotive produced by the ’00’ Works, some of which have since been produced or announced by the major manufacturers, has in addition to the I3 mentioned above, included: N15, 700, C, H, E4 and Adams Radial classes. The level of detail of these models has steadily improved over time, although is still not as high as we seem from the likes of Hornby or Bachmann, they have in the past filled gaps in the market and they should be applauded for taking on another LSWR / Southern prototype.
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Another welcome model from Roderick!
It is not without irony that Roderick telephoned me this evening. He said that although the D15 has only been up on his website for a couple of days but already orders are coming in – most encouraging for what one hopes will be an excellent model!
Agreed the detail isn’t quite as high as the major manufacturers but his models are robust and can be easily dismantled in order to add further detailing or just undertake maintenance.
It is worth noting that Dave Ellis at South Eastern Finecast can be an excellent source of detailing parts from his range of kits (a lot of his work is contract casting already).
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One of my favourite Drummond engines so I’m quite excited about this, oh and Graham I think you meant 1956 not 65 lol
Well spotted the 1956 typo duly corrected
In my view the OO-Works CAD captures the bulk of the D15 better than the BEC, although the later small stovepipe helps also. Looking forward to seeing more.