MM4 Talyllyn Railway Co. No.1 "Talyllyn"
Scale = 4mm to the foot (1:76.2)
Gauge = 9mm (009)
This kit represents No. 1 ‘Talyllyn of the Talyllyn Railway, a 2’ 3” gauge railway that runs from Tywyn to Nant Gwernol, Gwynedd, Mid Wales. No.1 was built by Fletcher, Jennings 8 Co. In 1864 as an O-4-O saddle tank with an open cab and delivered to Towyn in 1865. Two years later in 1887 it was returned to its makers for modifications to an 0-4-2 and fitted with a front cab sheet or weather board; some time later it was fitted with a full cab. ln this form - as our model is intended to depict - it was used in service until 1946 when it was withdrawn pending repairs.
After the formation of the Preservation Society in 1951 the possibilities of a full rebuild were assessed. ln 1957 - 1958 the loco was rebuilt with many new parts by Gibbons Bros. of Dudley, Worcestershire and returned to the railway. However, it suffered some mechanical failures and was withdrawn from traffic from 1968 to 1972 and rebuilt once again by the Railway’s own workshops at Pendre. The opening of the extension to the railways line to Nant Gwernol in 1976 brought further problems for No.1 and once again the loco was taken out of service in 1982. Tighter radius curves on the new section were seen as the cause. With further modifications the loco was once again in use by late 1986 and is now in regular use.
Recommended sources of inspiration and information:-
- The Talyllyn Railway Boyd J. l. C. Wild Swan Publications Ltd.
- Great Preserved Locomotives No.5 ‘Talyllyn and Dolgoch’ Johnson P. & Weaver R. Ian Allan Ltd
- Talyllyn Handbook, Talyllyn Railway Souvenir Guide Book
- Talyllyn Railway Locomotives & Rolling Stock, Bate, Mitchell and Adams Cheona Publications lSBN 1 900298 21 X
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