68XX 'Grange' 4-6-0
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Churchward's 1901 grand plan for a series of standard locomotives constructed from a pool of common parts included a 4-6-0 with 5ft 8in driving wheels, a No. 1 boiler and two outside cylinders. In the event, such a locomotive did not materialise from Swindon until 1936 by which time Collett was in charge. Apart from the Collett cab, screw reverse and a number of detail modifications however, the design for the 'Grange' class was virtually pure Churchward.
The trigger for the introduction of the 'Granges' was the fact that many of the earlier 43XX moguls were becoming life-expired by the mid-1930s and the Running Department had been asking for some time for a 4-6-0 that could take over the work of many of the older 2-6-0 and 4-4-0 designs. By withdrawing 80 of the Churchward Moguls, Collett was able to re-use some of their components – such as wheels and motion – in the constuction of the 'Granges'.
In essence, the 'Grange' is a 'Hall' with smaller wheels. The No. 1 boiler made the engines more powerful than the Moguls they were intended to replace but the weight also placed them in the 'red' route restriction group. Although this limited their sphere of operation rather more than the 'blue' Moguls, they were still widely spread over the GW system. The 'Granges' proved to be extremely capable mixed traffic locomotives which could also show a good turn of speed on passenger work when required.
When new the 'Granges' were coupled to Churchward 3,500 gallon tenders, while later in life many of them received Collett 3,500 gallon, 4,000 gallon tenders or even the Hawksworth 8ft wide 4000 gallon tender. All these tenders are available, with the option of purchasing extra tendes at £600 each if required.
The first four 'Granges' were turned out with rather plain cast iron chimneys but the later engines had a new design of copper capped chimney which became standard for the class. Frequent boiler changes at overhauls meant that some 'Granges' also appeared with the larger, shorter 'Hall' Class copper capped chimneys. Later in the BR period many 'Granges' had the tall ID (improved draughting) copper capped chimney. We are offering all the chimney types, except for the short-lived cast iron pattern. Apart from Scaleseven or Finescale 0 gauge, the only other option will be a choice of tapered or parallel buffers, chimneys and tenders.
We will build 60 'Granges' and six liveries will be offered: GW green with the shirtbutton monogram; GW green with G W R; GW black with G W R; BR lined black with lion-over-wheel emblem (1949-53); BR plain black with lion-over-wheel emblem (1953-56), BR lined green with later totem (late 1956 onwards). All the BR period locomotives will be fitted with smokebox door number plates and shedcode plates.
We will build 60 'Granges', 12 in GWR livery and 48 in BR liveries. It is not possible two swap GWR and BR engines as there are significant differences. Six liveries will be offered: GW green with the shirtbutton monogram; GW green with G W R; GW black with G W R; BR lined black with lion-over-wheel emblem (1949-53); BR plain black with lion-over-wheel emblem (1953-56), BR lined green with later totem (late 1956 onwards). All the BR period locomotives will be fitted with smokebox door number plates and shedcode plates.
One 'Grange' is being finished as special model of 6880 Betton Grange (the Grange replica now being built). This will be donated to the Betton Grange Group.
At this late stage of production all the locomotives have been allocated names: 12 GWR and 48 BR. It may be possible to change names and numbers (easier on BR locomotives than GWR locomotives) if particular names are required and these are not amongst the 5 extra reserve names that we have included. There will normally be an additional (modest) charge for this work that on GWR engines means changing the number on the front buffer beam. There will also be a delay in delivery of such models and the change will necessitate extra working time. Our Grange models are amongst the finest we have ever made and as production is limited to only 60 models there will not many examples available. The models are now nearing completion. If you would like to reserve one now the fee is £1735. This comprises the initial reservation fee and the second payment. EU Customers can enquire about paying in Euros. Due to the locomotives being in production: all reservations are now committed and are not eligible for cancellation and/or refunds other than in the most exceptional circumstances.
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