In 1920 one locomotive was transferred to Newton Abbot, Devon, for shunting the railway workshops there, a duty that was to continue until 1952. Other allocations were Taunton (1953–1961) for working at Bridgwater, Somerset, (again, mainly in the town's docks), and Swindon (1956–1961). One was tried briefly on the Weymouth Harbour Tramway in 1949, and another went to St Philips Marsh, Bristol in 1962.
When we embarked the project to produce these GWR Saddle Tanks little did we know the problems we would encounter with our supplier. This resulted in us having to take control of the project direct with the factory to bring the model to production. In addition, a competing model was produced by another manufacturer. All of the magazine reviews rated our model higher than the competition and in the Model of the Year voting our model received more votes than the competing model. Despite us tooling the variations needed to produce all five running numbers our model was still cheaper than the undiscounted price of the competing model.
Today we have learnt that this competing model has been made available to the trade at a heavily discounted price. We have taken the decision that we have to reduce the price of our model in reaction to this, even though we will lose money by doing so. With immediate effect, the 1361s will be £69.99 each. Despite this, we will still be making a donation of £5 from the sale of each model of K2203 to the 1363 Restoration Team in recognition of the help and assistance we received from the team at Didcot.
We have six versions in stock, priced at £69.99 each and the models are DCC ready with a 6 pin decoder socket: -
CADs were completed and tooling commenced in May 2016, tooling was completed in October 2016.
The 1361 Tool:
Running samples have arrived in November 2016 and painted samples arrived in December 2016. The second engineering sample arrived in April 2017. After a delay we arranged payment direct with the factory to allow the models to arrive in February / March 2018
A short video of our first sample under acceptance testing
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