The Largest Working Model Locomotive, with its designer, Mr H. Greenly.
FOLLOWING the recent exchange of locomotives by the London and North Eastern and Great Western Railway Companies, an interesting series of trials of the largest working model locomotive yet built were made on the 15-
The main idea in adopting so large a scale has been to obtain perfect “cab comfort”. The loco is large enough to carry two men seated below the cab roof. Speed was considered as well as hauling power, and extreme care was exercised to eliminate all out-
The Eskdale track abounds in steep gradients and sharp curves and therefore a high average speed is not possible. Notwith-
The loco has two outside cylinders of 5¼-
The valve gear is the complete Walschaerts type, the primary motion being taken from a return crank on the driving crank pin. The reversing lever in the cab can be operated by a direct push and pull with a screw “vernier” adjustment, and at the trials it was found practicable to haul a heavy train with the gear linked up to give a valve cut-
The tender runs on two boxes with equalised axle-
The cab fittings include two water-
The loco is painted the standard “Great Northern” green, with black and white lining, the cylinder casing and footplate edgings being painted a deep red with yellow lining.
The Cab of the Model “Pacific” Loco, “Green Goddess”.
The loco is named the “Green Goddess”, and its appearance on the Eskdale Railway created a great amount of interest among the holiday visitors using the line.
The “Green Goddess” will traverse curves of 120 ft radius, and if a similar model were used on the Eskdale line trains of 250 passengers could be operated regularly. Possibly the results of the trials may induce the management of the Eskdale Railway to adopt locos of the same type.
The ordering of the “Green Goddess” and her sister loco “Northern Chief” was the direct result of a visit of the late Count Louis Zborowski and Captain J. E. P. Howey -
On a small railway like the 15-
embodied in the “River Esk”, “Green Goddess” and “Northern Chief”, is equivalent to using the American loading gauge, or more strictly speaking that employed by our South African railway engineers. In South Africa the standard gauge is 3 ft 6-
The larger scale of course produces a bigger and heavier engine -
The Driver's View from the Cab and Window of the “Green Goddess”.
In these engines the cab is big enough for the seated engineman to look through the window ahead.
The “Green Goddess” and the “Northern Chief” represent perhaps the nearest approach to the “real thing” that has ever been attempted in model locomotive engineering. It should be added that, owing to the death of Count Zborowski, Capt. Howey now owns both these locos.
The Eskdale Railway, upon which the trials of the “Green Goddess” took place, was formerly the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, opened on 24th May 1875. The line failed to pay its way, traffic came to an end, and for a considerable time it remained abandoned and derelict. On 24th July 1911, the present company was incorporated and the line was re-