Today’s model on display is an ex-SECR S Class. The S class was a unique locomotive (number 685) and was created by adapting a C Class in 1917. Originally a tender engine (see picture below), the prototype was turned into a saddle tank so that it could be used for heavy shunting duties at Richborough Port. It then became the Bricklayers’ Arms shunter and was withdrawn in 1952. Never painted in SR olive green, I re-sprayed the model this colour for a little fun.
The model was produced by Triang – an unusual prototype considering only one was ever built! The model is well short of modern standards, the wheels would need re-profiling to run on locoyard’s track and fitting a DCC chip to a Triang motor isn’t easy. For these reasons it will never become a working member of the locoyard fleet.
The picture above shows the S class in my platform scene, posed hauling two wagons, with 1 Thomas the Tank engine hauling a Triang Royal Mail sorting vehicle.