So what’s on your wish list?

The question of which locomotive or train models you’d like to see next is guaranteed to spark discussion wherever railway modellers gather – and RMM would love to know about your choices and the reasons for them. To get the ball rolling, Pete Kelly lists a few dream models of his own.

There’s a world of difference between the words ‘subjective’ and ‘objective’. The former will most likely relate to the preferences a modeller might hold through deep personal nostalgia, while the latter must always be in the minds of the model makers themselves when considering their next releases.

While sometimes the two do come together, dreams and commercial realities can be as different as chalk from cheese, so the following missive is meant not to persuade any model-making firm to consider my own modest desires (although it would be nice if they did!), but rather to invite readers both young and old to accompany me on a nostalgic trip through time.

Having a ‘wish list’ doesn’t necessarily mean that such models have never been made before – indeed most of them on my list certainly have – but right now, and in the N scale I am currently working in? Well, that’s a different matter.

In its element, K3 2-6-0 No. 61845 crosses the Trent and passes the Nottingham Goods South signalbox with a fish train in this undated photo from the Mortons Archive.

The journey started around 1947 when, as a three-year-old travelling with Mum on the top deck of a Warrington Corporation bus, I spotted a little engine with a flowerpot chimney shunting in the former Cheshire Lines yards just outside the town’s Central Station.

For some reason that image just stuck in my mind, but it wasn’t until my interest in railways grew in the mid-1950s that I discovered it had been a Pollitt-designed Great Central J10 0-6-0 of a type introduced in 1897, and that it had probably been shunting wagonloads of the wire coil that was exported all over the world from the nearby Ryland’s Wire Works where, incidentally, I started my working life in August 1961 before taking up journalism as a permanent career.

Around the time I first set eyes on that J10, the entire class was allocated between engine sheds in the North-West, including 6D Northgate (Chester), 8E Brunswick (Liverpool),
9E Trafford Park, 9F Heaton Mersey, 9G Northwich, 10F Wigan (Lower Level) and 27C Southport, and typical duties were working short stopping passenger services such as Chester-Northwich, ambling along with short pick-up goods trains and, of course, shunting.

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