Nigel Burkin takes a close look at a brand new model of a once-numerous and popular industrial shunting locomotive that has been released in OO gauge, with numerous detail options, by Hatton’s Model Railways.
The Andrew Barclay works in Kilmarnock has been a centre of railway excellence for decades, and its resume includes the production of a range of industrial steam and ‘fireless’ locomotives.
The 0-4-0 saddle-tank represented by the brand new Hatton’s model was built in large numbers from the late 1800s, and many continued to provide reliable service until the 1970s.
Hundreds of Andrew Barclay locomotives are preserved in one form or another, including the 14-inch and 16-inch cylinder versions, providing a rich seam of inspiration for Hatton’s Model Railways.
The Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST and its larger 0-6-0ST siblings were simple and rugged locomotives that were intended to be easy and cheap to maintain. The 14-inch version had a shorter wheelbase than the 16-inch type, but both were designed to be operated on the sharp curves and uneven track that were common in industrial locations.
In short, they had to cope with harsh operating environments, often with minimal care, and the fact that many lasted so long is a tribute to their enduring design.
Little is really standard about the Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST beyond the basic design, because the variety of fittings and options available to customers, combined with the long development life of the locomotives, resulted in a huge number of variations between locomotives.
Each industrial customer had differing requirements for its shunting engines, resulting in different cab styles, windows and even the location of the brake stand – many of these off-the-shelf options offered by Andrew Barclay to fit the basic locomotive.
In modelling terms, the industrial steam locomotive scores very highly, with the potential for freelancing and customisation, and in offering the Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST, Hatton’s
Model Railways has ventured into the world of industrial railways, a hitherto little-explored area of railway modelling, and a venture that will be warmly welcomed by many in the hobby.
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