Dave's "GWR 1400 Tank" in 5" gauge


Dave took this model on as a non engineer after it had been started by his father. He joined Pembrokeshire Model Engineers and subsequently enjoyed many cups of tea with us while gathering help, tips and encouragement. He has worked hard and in a relatively short time scale and completed a very nice looking engine.

 

The 1400 class of locomotive, an 0-4-2 tank was designed by Charles Benjamin Collett (1871 - 1952) and introduced in 1932. When introduced, the first class were numbered 4800 to 4874 with the later class numbered 5800 to 5819. The differences between the two classes was that the '4800' class was built with auto gear for working with trailer cars and was fitted with A.T.C., whereas the '5800' class were not, although some members of the class received A.T.C. equipment later. They had a class 7 boiler working at 165 lbs/square inch and were allocated to the '1P' B.R. power classification.

 

When plans were put forward'1400' for converting some GWR engines to oil burning, it was decided that the modified '2800' class would be renumbered in the 4800 series. Therefore the original '4800' class was renumbered 1400 to 1474.

 

Charles Collett was the Chief mechanical Engineer of the Great Western Railway from 1922 to 1941. He designed (amongst others) the GWR's 4-6-0 Castle and King Class express passenger locomotives.

 

Dave's loco is based on an original, numbered 1452, that was based locally at Goodwick (shed code 87J) and regularly fired by his father, Tomi Owen. Out of the original 65 engines only 4 made it into preservation. Regrettably, the original 1452 is not amongst them.

 

 

Dave's 5" GWR 1400 tank being fired up for the first time

Dave's 5 inch GWR 1400 tank being fired up for the first time

 

 

Dave's first time on the track behind HIS 'steamed up and nearly ready to go' loco

Dave's first time on the track behind HIS 'steamed up and nearly ready to go' loco

 

 

Andrew offers Dave some useful last minute advice

Andrew offers Dave some useful last minute advice

 

 

The moment of truth. Saturday 11 May 2013 at 14:52 pm. He's off!

The moment of truth. Saturday 11 May 2013 at 14:52 pm. He's off!

 

 

One very happy Dave on his first time along the back straight

Dave steaming up the back straight at Milford Haven

 

 

Just arriving at the bridge after all that work up the long hill

Dave approaching the bridge at Milford Haven

 

 

Roaring down from the bridge with the wind in his eyes and happiness in his heart

Just after the bridge at Milford Haven

 

 

Getting near the end of the first time around
a casual wave to the photographer

A casual wave to the photographer

 

 

The home run

Steaming back to the station