Apart from Track, Signals, Rolling Stock a railway needs locomotives and model railways have a choice of them. However, all is not as simple as it appears. A true modeler will ensure that his / her layout is correct in every detail. To aid railway modelers in their quest for authenticity the companies devised an Epoch or Era Scheme:
Era 1: 1804 – 1875 Pioneering
Era 2: 1875 – 1922 Pre-Grouping
Era 3: 1923 – 1947 The Big Four – LMS, GWR, LNER and SR
Era 4: 1948 – 1956 British Railways Early Crest
Era 5: 1957 – 1966 British Railways Late Crest
Era 6: 1967 – 1971 British Rail Blue Pre TOPS
Era7: 1971 – 1982 British Rail Blue TOPS
Era 8: 1982 – 1994 British Rail Sectorisation
Era 9: 1995 onwards Post Privatisation
My preference is Era 4 and 5 with the odd Era 3 engine popping in, I can say it is the between 3 and 4 waiting for British Railway branding. The full breakdown of British Railway Eras
I currently have 14 steam outline locomotives:
Pacific Class 4-6-2
Stanier Coronation (Duchess/Coronation)
446242 “City of Glasgow” a Hornby Dublo metal cast model. Originally 46245 “City of London” introduced in 1959. A good friend ( Paul James) repainted and renamed the model to my favourite locomotive as I have found memories of the real engine. City of Glasgow was one of three locos involved in the 1952 Harrow and Wealdston Rail Crash. This is by far my oldest model locomotive. Original loco was designed by Sir William Stanier and as designed were streamlined.
No layout would be complete without one of the Gresley streamline locos or “Streaks” as they were known. I have two only one is currently in use on the layout. Number 60009 “Union of South Africa” is one of six preserved A4 locomotives. All rail enthusiast now that one of the class 4468 “Mallard” holds the world record for speed by Steam Locomotive. The other A4 model I have is 60031 “Golden Plover” both Hornby models.
B.R. Standard MT7 “Britannia Class” R A Riddles
Designed by R A Riddles incorporating the best features and modern (for that time) technology the Standard Class 7mt engine proved to be a success in nearly all of the BR Regions -The Western formerly GWR drivers and fireman were not impressed with them. North Eastern Region Norfolk drivers/firemen London Midland took them to heart. Once the Stanier pacifics were withdrawn they were the workhorse of the Scottish and London Midland region. The first of the class 70000 “Britannia” and the subsequent 55 locos were known as “Britannias” or “Brits” for short. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” hauled the 1968 15 Guinea Special on 11th August 1968 as the last rostered steam hauled service by British Railways. Both Britannia and Oliver Cromwell made it into preservation.
Stanier “Black Five
The 4-6-0 that is 4 leading wheels, 6 driving wheels and 0 trailing wheels was one of the more prolific in the railways of Britain. British Railways inherited numerous examples and designs of this classification from the Big 4(LMS, LNER, SR and GWR). The most prolific 4-6-0 was the Stanier LMS “Black Five” of which 832 were built between 1834 – 1951. RA Riddles design of the BR Standard 5 took the best features of the Stanier Black 5. I currently have three Hornby versions of the LM design. One in LMS livery two in BR livery (early/Late crest).
G.E.R S69 (LNER/BR B12)
The last surviving member of a class of 71 locomotives designed by S D Howden and rebuilt by Sir Nigel Gresley. My Triang modelo dates back to 1970 and is one of my original locomotives from my teenage model railway layout.
B.R. Standard Class 4 R A Riddles
Built to provide services on secondary lines and to the universal loading gauge these class 4 MT engine had a higher route availability than the class 5 and 7 engines. 80 during the 1950s of these were built and used extensively in the LM,Western and Southern regions of BR. Bachmann model is of the preserved loco on the Bluebell Railway.
B.R. Standard Class 5 R A Riddles
Designed to make life easier for the shed maintenance crews and the disposal at end of shift. R A Riddles based the Stanrdad 5 on the LMS Black 5 with modifications such as high running plate, slightly enlarged drivings wheels, self cleaning smoke boxes, and rocking fire grates. I have two versions by Bachmann – one early and one later crest.
LMS Rebuilt Patriot Class – Sir Henry Fowler
The Patriot Class was a class of 52 express passenger steam locomotives built for the London Midland and Scottish Railway. The first locomotive of the class was built in 1930 and the last in 1934. The class was based on the chassis of the Royal Scot combined with the boiler from Large Claughtons earning them the nickname Baby Scots. 18 were rebuilt between 1946 and 1948; the remaining 34 unrebuilt engines were withdrawn between 1960 and 1962. Modelby Bachmann with early BR Crest
EX LMS Ivatt Class 2-4-2T
Model by Bachmann in early BR blacklining with early crest
More prolific than the 4-6-0 wheel arrangement the 0-6-0 was a very versatile arrangement for small freight engines. Various variants of a tendered and non tendered locomotives were built. I have three variants on my layout: