|HR Loch class tender original length though without rear toolbox.|
The main structural components are from the Lochgorm kit though the tank corners and curved coping are sections cut from brass tube as I could not bend the material of the kit the coping was too intransigent and the corners kinked due to the oversize holes for the handrails. The steps still need improvement to remove the etched outlines above the horizontal part of the step.
|Smokebox and footplate detail|
The inspection covers above the slide bars were represented on the footplate by an unsightly etched outline. I cut along the etched lines to create a rectangular hole in the footplate and made an infill to represent the covers which just need some tiny hinges to complete the effect. There may be something available in Archer Surface Detail transfers that will fit the bill.
|Cab roof constructed from nickel sheet silver with brass extruded cross ribs.|
The roof is made from sheet though the front curve is a section of brass tube, transverse ribs are extruded brass section. The tablet catcher on the cab side is an LGM casting to which I've added a handle that protrudes into the cab.
|Detail of cab and backhead roof removed.|
There are three sources of information for the backhead detail, a drawing by Peter Tatlow, a GA of the 1917 engines and of course the backhead of the preserved Jones Big Goods in the Transport Museum in Glasgow. Though I've mainly relied on Tatlow the other sources have been useful too. Castings are mainly LGM some of which are a little oversize and have been reduced to to fit. The oversize inside splashers contribute to limit the space available for a crew, which in the case of a 4-4-0 with so visible a cab interior are mandatory. The fall plate is attached to the engine and because of the protruding side wings and stanchions on the tender footplate I've had to make the fall plate cut outs oversize to accommodate these on corners. Fall plates and tight corners are not compatible and neither I suspect are cab doors particularly the bi-fold variety that the Lochs carried, though this is a problem I've not yet examined closely. I don't think the engine will ever be happy running in reverse however as the Highland did not encourage this practise it shouldn't present a problem.