Added November 2019
D1 no 234 ‘Rottingdean’
D1 no 239 ex ‘Patcham’
D1 no 241 ex ‘Stanmer’
D1 no 241 ‘Stanmer’ was built in 1881, and was withdrawn in 1933. Along with many of the class, it was converted to motor train use before the First World War.
During their lifetime, the D1’s acquired three distinct boiler patterns. My model of ‘Stanmer’ shows the last of the variants, with the 1905 Marsh boiler, Ramsbottom safety valves and closed dome. The photo (left) shows no 247 in this condition. The photo (right) shows the three variants: Rottingdean with its original Stroudley boiler; Patcham with the 1894 Billinton boiler; and Stanmer with the 1905 Marsh boiler.
My earlier locos predated such sophistication as Portescap and Mashima motors. The best motors at the time were reckoned to be Anchoridge D11’s and D13’s. Over the years all have been replaced, with the exception of Stanmer. This uses an Anchoridge D11, driving on the leading axle via a homemade 50:1 gearbox. It was built in 1988 and is still going strong. Eventually it will no doubt succumb to old age and will be rebuilt with a Mashima and High Level Models gearbox.
The rest of the chassis conforms with my standard approach to 0-6-0’s: fully compensated, with side beams on one pair of axles (the front pair on this loco), and centre pivot on the rear, and split axle pickups.
The final two photos show no 241 on Plumpton Green, with the double-ended arc-roof motor train.