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1361 Class GWR 0-6-0 Saddle Tanks OO Gauge
 
We are pleased to announce that we have commissioned DJ Models to produce the 1361 GWR Saddle Tanks in OO Gauge.
 
Working in conjunction with the Great Western Society at Didcot we are certain that our close working relationship and proven track record of high-quality models will result in a model that will be a welcome addition to most layouts!
 
The five 1361 locomotives were built at Swindon in 1910 and were set to work alongside the ex-Cornwall Minerals Railway locomotives. Their usual home was Plymouth Millbay, Devon, (later Laira shed) from where they worked in Millbay Docks and on the Sutton Harbour branch. Until 1928 some of the locomotives could also be found at St Blazey engine shed, Cornwall, where they worked on ex-Cornwall Minerals Railway branches, and also at Moorswater for working the Looe branch.

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.

We had originally intended to produce the 1366 Pannier Tank but after another manufacturer announced plans to produce this to avoid too much wasted research we switched to the 1361 Saddle Tank.  We have spent the last year working with the assistance and cooperation of the No. 1363 Restoration Team of the Great Western Society and been given full access to the only surviving locomotive as it is being restored.
 
Our research means we have complete details of all the variations of all five of these unique locomotives.  As with our previous Well Tank and O2 projects, our tooling will allow for every one of these variations allowing us to produce all five models to match even the subtlest differences between each of the prototypes.
 
A £5 donation from the sale of each model of K2203 will be made to the 1363 Restoration Team.
 
Chris Trerise, Kernow Model Rail Centre Managing Director, said "I am really excited about working with the Great Western Society on this project as it is not often you get to see the real locomotive assembled at the same time as you assemble a model of it!  I look forward to working closely together in the future on this and other as yet unannounced projects"
 
Drew Fermor, GWS Project Leader for the restoration of 1363, said "It is with great pleasure that we in the Great Western Society's No. 1363 Restoration Project take part in this exciting project to bring the 1361 Class to 4mm scale modellers. The real No. 1363 is a hugely important part of the collection at the Didcot Railway Centre. She is the sole surviving Swindon built saddle tank locomotive and is also the oldest Swindon built locomotive in our collection.
 
They were designed by Churchward and Holcroft, based on the 1392 Class of the Cornwall Mineral Railways. They were the last design of saddle tank engines built by the GWR and were unusual in that they used an outside cylinder arrangement and Allen valve gear. They remained virtually unaltered throughout their working life and as such No. 1363 represents a wonderfully well preserved example of early 20th Century locomotive design.
 
This type of locomotive was a successful, useful and capable machine, in service for over 50 years and we have no doubt that the model versions produced here will be of great benefit to the GWR / BR (W) modelling fraternity. We have given our full cooperation to Kernow Model Centre to help them maintain their customary high levels of accuracy in their forthcoming model and we look forward to the day when the 'little sisters' of our project locomotive can meet up with her at Didcot!"
 
David Jones, Owner of DJModels Ltd, said "I'm delighted to be able to bring this model to market for Kernow Model Rail Centre, and I feel that, as with the O2 locomotive, DJModels can produce an accurate, great running model using our experience and our use of hard steel tooling, allowing for years of production of this model." Adding "this model will be designed and produced very quickly as work has already started on this model in China".

We are planning six versions: -

 

K2201 DJ Models Class 1361 GWR Tank Image
K2201 DJ Models 
1361 Class number 1361 in BR Black livery with late crest and pristine finish.

K2201A DJ Models Class 1361 GWR Tank Image
K2201A DJ Models 
1361 Class number 1361 in works photographic grey livery and pristine finish.

K2202 DJ Models Class 1361 GWR Tank Image
K2202 DJ Models GWR 1361 Class number 1362 in BR Black livery with early emblem and pristine finish

K2203 DJ Models Class 1361 GWR Tank Image 
K2203 DJ Models GWR 1361 Class number 1363 in GWR Green with Shirtbutton emblem and pristine finish.

K2204 DJ Models Class 1361 GWR Tank Image
K2204 DJ Models GWR 1361 Class number 
1364 in GWR Green livery with GWR lettering and pristine finish.

K2205 DJ Models Class 1361 GWR Tank Image
K2205 DJ Models GWR 1361 Class number 
1365 in BR Black livery with late crest and weathered finish.

The price of these models will be £134.99 Pristine and £144.99 Weathered, with a discount of £10.00 for pre-orders, which can be placed immediately either through our website or our store.  The models will be DCC ready with a 6 pin decoder socket.  No deposit is required.  Orders placed prior to May 2016 will be processed at the previous price.

CADs were completed and tooling commenced in May 2016

Project update - 13th October - tooling completed

A busy week for us with our GWR 1361 Project OO Gauge.  This model has been developed with the full co-operation of the GWS at Didcot and we have had full access to drawings and the only remaining example of this class.  This is also the only model that will benefit the restoration of this remaining class member!  The tool is now complete and images of this are shown here (as an aside, the complexity of the tool can be seen which is what happens when you have five different locos which all have unique details!).  Hayley has been busy designing the box and the livery artworks.  Dave Jones has promised us a running sample any day

1361 Tool

1361 Tool

1361 Tool

1361 Tool

1361 Tool

Project update - 1st November - Running Samples arrive

Running samples have arrived and are now being tested.  This is the first sample so there are further tweaks and small details to be added. 

Project update - 12th December - Painted Samples arrive

Painted samples have arrived and are being checked over.  A couple of logo position errors need correcting and there are still rivet details to be added, along with a correction to the valve gear.

Project update - 4th April 2017 - 2nd Engineering Sample arrives

The second engineering samples arrived from Dave Jones today and are currently being checked.  An initial check shows nothing obvious at this stage, further in-depth checks will be made.  Once approved the model will be released for production.

The six versions are shown below: -

 

K2201 DJ Models Class 1361 GWR Tank Image
K2201 DJ Models 
1361 Class number 1361 in BR Black livery with late crest and pristine finish.

K2201A DJ Models Class 1361 GWR Tank Image
K2201A DJ Models 
1361 Class number 1361 in works photographic grey livery and pristine finish.

K2202 DJ Models Class 1361 GWR Tank Image
K2202 DJ Models GWR 1361 Class
 number 1362 in BR Black livery with early emblem and pristine finish.

K2203 DJ Models Class 1361 GWR Tank Image 
K2203 DJ Models GWR 1361 Class number 
1363 in GWR Green with Shirtbutton emblem and pristine finish.

K2204 DJ Models Class 1361 GWR Tank Image
K2204 DJ Models GWR 1361 Class number 
1364 in GWR Green livery with GWR lettering and pristine finish.

K2205 DJ Models Class 1361 GWR Tank Image
K2205 DJ Models GWR 1361 Class number 
1365 in BR Black livery with late crest and weathered finish (weathering not yet applied of course!).

22nd DECEMBER 2017 PROJECT UPDATE - PRODUCTION COMPLETE
We have been advised by the factory that all of the 1361 models have been completed and are ready to leave China.  This is a break from previous practice where each model was sent as it was completed. 

This is from the same factory that produced the Gate Stock and again we have been asked to pay a large percentage of the cost in advance.  We will therefore need to start charging for these models in January to ensure we have the funds prior to the arrival of the models in February, as the factory has agreed to ship the models on the condition that payment is made prior to the container being unloaded in Southampton.  We will again be able to honour the pre-order prices from three years ago if you pay in advance.  We will shortly be emailing customers direct about this, but there is no need to wait if you are happy to pay in advance, you can let us know immediately.

As soon as we receive confirmation of the name of the vessel we will also advise this.

PROJECT UPDATE 26TH JANUARY 2018

Our 1361 Models are on board the MOL TRIUMPH and the ship has just passed through Suez, expecting to dock in Southampton on 1st February.  Unloading can take several days, followed by HM Customs inspection etc, so it may be mid February before the models arrive with us.  As it is now under 28 days until delivery we will start processing all pre-orders that have not yet been paid for.  Despatch will again be in the order the models were paid for.


ENDS

A short video of our first sample under acceptance testing



1361 Spot the Difference Image

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