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Gauge 3 Models for LNWR Rolling Stock
Introduction and History
Gauge 3 (2½in) was probably the most popular scale for modelling until the early 1930s, when mass-produced railway models began to be affordable by the lower classes who lived in relatively smaller houses. It is starting to enjoy a revival, but is still very much a minority interest. The scale was originally ½in to 1ft, but changed to 17/32in to 1ft (13.5mm to 1ft) around the Second World War period in order to accommodate larger boilers giving more power. The revised scale is now used universally and gives an almost exact scale-to-gauge ratio.
The following commercial models and/or kits are known to have been made of LNWR subjects. The dates given are when the models are known to have been advertised, but the actual dates of introduction could well have been earlier. Some are extremely rare, but others are relatively easy to find today, especially those in need of a rebuild:
4-4-0 Black Prince 1901 Bing for Bassett-Lowke (B-L). According to books on Bassett-Lowke was the very first commercially made model locomotive ever sold by Bassett-Lowke, in any scale. Low pressure steam
When Carson ceased trading in 1913 their stock and tooling was bought by Bassett-Lowke, who re-introduced the steam versions of Experiment and Precursor under their own name.
These are more difficult to find today than locomotives. Contemporary trade catalogues and adverts often used engravings or merely lists of models which may not have actually existed. Consequently a reliable list has been difficult to produce, but manufacturers of LNWR carriages in Gauge 3 are known to have included:
Bing 1902 tinplate (sold by Bassett-Lowke)
These were mainly of generic appearance, painted in the correct liveries of contemporary railway companies. Those known to have been produced include:
4-wheeled brake van wooden Bassett-Lowke
Most of these early models are accurate and look the part, with one or two exceptions. The overall dimensions were usually exactly correct and the steam locomotives, particularly by Carson, are good, reliable performers even today. The ex-Carson Experiment 4-6-0, in kit form, continued to be listed in Bassett-Lowke catalogues into the 1930s.
The product lists may be found via the following links:
If you know of any current of historical models which we have omitted or if you have any comments on the above list please send an email to the Modelling Group.
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