Wednesday, 28 March 2012

MOTW - David Lloyd George

OK, time for another locomotive on Model Of The Week. Lets have the last remaining oil fired Double Fairlie, David Lloyd George.

Our model of 'The Dave', or if you prefer 'The Soup Dragon - on account of its similarity to the colour of tinned tomato soup - is a kit-bashed Backwoods Miniatures masterpiece.

The most obvious of the changes that had to be made to represent the 1992-built machine was the wider opening on the cab sides as well as lots of extra bits and pieces on the top of the boiler and representing the oil tanks where the kit has coal bunkers.

As I understand it, one of the reasons the locomotive has not yet been converted to burn coal is because it was designed as an oil drinker and its unique tapered boiler means the fuel spaces in the tanks are not simple square boxes as they are on Merddin and the Earl.

The picture above shows DLG running on Dduallt when it was brand new, before Narrow Planet etched some lovely name and works plates for us.


  1. For the last 18 to 24 months it has also carried plates on the smoke boxes with its fleet number.

  2. Ah, yes, but this DLG is modelled in the long period when it didn't have them.
    If we attempted to alter our models every time you chaps fiddle about with the real things, well........

  3. The new sets that are going to the FR shop have the smokebox plates - obviously its up to the modeller whether to fit them!