Added January 2018
I currently have two Terriers, finished and available for service, with two more under construction. They are:
A1X no 678 ex ‘Knowle’
A1 0-4-2 no 82 ‘Boxhill’
A1 no 655 ‘Stepney’ (under construction)
A1 no 662 ex ‘Martello’ (under construction)
A1 Terrier no 662 (ex ‘Martello’). Yet another Terrier - a part-built GW Models kit given to me to complete. Various sub-assemblies have already been completed (very neatly, by, I think GW himself). I have to assemble these bits and complete the chassis. Fortunately I have a suitable set of Mike Sharman wheels for this engine. It will be finished as A1 number 662 in Marsh umber, with the 1905 ‘LB&SCR’ lettering.
Martello was built in 1875, renumbered to 662 in 1901 (to make way for the new B4 engines), was converted for motor train use in 1909, and reboilered as A1X in 1912, In common with most of the Terriers, Martello started its working life in London, and during the 1890’s worked the Wimbledon services. The engine worked was shedded at Littlehampton in the thirties, and moved to Fratton after 1945, before being finally withdrawn in 1963, and sold to Butlins.
The kit came with the main sub-assemblies already complete: footplate, cab rear, cab front, boiler/smokebox, and tanks. Here, the main components have been tacked together to check alignment. The tanks will be added after the chassis has been made and trial-fitted. (It’s very difficult to check clearances inside the boiler when the tanks sides are in place).