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GWR 1442

This project has been long overdue! I have started designing this engine in 2013 not thinking I would ever build it. At some point I figured out how to "replace" some not existing parts at which point I also started collecting parts.

The latest problem was where to get stickers - I just didn't know where to get good ones. In the end I just printed the decals on paper and cut them out - I know not the best way, but the easiest for me and the outcome is quite reasonable I think!

 

The GWR 1400 class engines (originally numbered 4800) where designed for branch line duty and built in 1932. It was based on an earlier design with some improvements here and there. Later some engines were fitted with auto train equipment to make the branch line passenger service easier. Engine 1442 hauled the "Tivvy Bumper", a shuttle service on the Tiverton branchline with autocoaches and worked till 1965. She was then bought and brought to the Tiverton Museum of Mide Devon Life, where she can still be seen.

 

My 1442 engine is part of the Mini Brick Family Trail of the museum and can be seen this summer as part of the exhibition.

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Taken on May 27, 2017