In partnership with Dapol, Rails of Sheffield have announced that they are producing the ex SECR / SR D1 Class locomotive. Production is already well underway with a current ETA being late Autumn 2022. The first livery samples have already been ‘apparently’ reviewed by Dapol.
The model will be available in six liveries:
- SECR Maunsell D1 Class SECR Grey 4-4-0 Steam Locomotive No.735
- SECR Maunsell D1 Class Southern SR Maunsell Green 4-4-0 Loco No.1749
- SECR Maunsell D1 Class Southern SR Maunsell Green 4-4-0 Loco No.1741
- SECR Maunsell D1 Class BR Black (Early Crest) 4-4-0 Locomotive No.31741
- SECR Maunsell D1 Class BR Black (Late Crest) 4-4-0 Locomotive No.31246
- SECR Maunsell D1 Class BR Black (Sunshine Lettering) 4-4-0 Loco No.31487
After 1901 the D class locomotive further more powerful locomotives were investigated by the companies. After Richard Maunsell took over as CME from Harry Wainwright in 1913 he worked on a series of new locomotives which were intended for a long service life, this involved the conversion and upgrade of 11 E class locomotives, resulting in the E1 class. This proved very successful and led directly to the conversion of 21 D class into the D1 class between 1921 and 1927. Though arguably, not as elegant as the D class equipped with a larger boiler, a belpaire firebox and longer travel cylinders the D1 was able to produce a considerable haulage and power increase over its predecessors.
Initially allocated to Ashford shed, this class was to be found all over the south-eastern division from London to the south.
All were withdrawn by November 1961, no preserved examples exist.
The model variations include:
- Two frame variations (to include early D class conversions)
- Two cab types
- Two Chimney types
- Two Smokebox types
- Three dome types (with/without top feed and plated)
- Two safety valve types (Ross-pop and Ramsbottom)
- With and without smokebox snifter valves
- ‘High capacity’ tenders
- Manual and automatic lubricators
The technical specification includes: Diecast Chassis, Sprung buffers, Pickup from tender and driving wheels, 5 pole motor located within boiler, Pull-out PCB for tool free DCC & Speaker fitting, ‘Snap-fit’ conductive tender drawbar, Options for bass reflex speaker in tender (pre-wired) and Firebox glow.
Rails of Sheffield advise “The images shown are of early decorated production samples and are NOT final production models. Various amendments and alterations have been reported and will be altered on final production models.” Lets hope that that the review includes improvements to some of the colours lining and lettering, but such issues were not improved on the previous D class (I still need to replace the decals’ on mine with correct versions).