Class: 0298 Beattie Well Tank
Use: Light Goods
Era: 1874 (models represent 1931-1935 rebuilds) – 1962
30585 – Buckinghamshire Railway Centre
30587 – National Collection (working on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway)
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Manufacturer: Dapol (exclusive Kernow Model Railway Centre commission)
Motor: 5 pole Loco-drive
DCC options: 6 pin dcc ready
Excellent with an excellent detail pack with fire-irons and route discs. Cab is ok, if a little behind current Hornby and Bachmann standards.
Fantastic – detail differences between different class members catered for. Half a point knocked off for the chimney taper being a little too angular and a (albeit very slight) seam from the mould.
It is hard to make your mind up whether the slightly shiny/gloss finish is for you or not! For me, Bachmann’s satin black is a better.
Excellent low-geared quiet and smooth motor. It has a short wheel base, so needs clean wheels and track.
A 2-4-0 model is never going to pull a lot and I really can’t see how Dapol could have made it any better. The model is quite at home pulling a few wagons, but slips with anything much more. It can’t pull quite as much the prototype, but then that was classified by British Railways as 0F; so the relative power difference isn’t as big as you might expect.
As good as you can get in such a small locomotive. NEM pockets, 6 pin DCC socket that’s easy to access via the smokebox; it’s nice to be able to add a DCC chip without dismantling a chassis! DCC fitting guide can be found on Kernow’s website. 6-pin socket does limit choice of decoder and of course DCC sound is not an option.
At £91.99 it is expensive for a small engine, but considering that this is a limited production run of such a distinctive prototype with an unusual 2-4-0 wheel arrangement, it’s good value.
Overall Locoyardometer Score: 4.1
A lovely model of a locomotive with bags of character. Southern modellers should definitely get one or more whilst you still can. Other modellers will also be interested in this good model of a Victorian machine. We await Kernow/Dapol’s ex-LSWR 02 with high expectations!
Detailometer 4.5, Outlineometer 4.5, Finishometer 4.5, Motorometer 4.5, Powerometer 2.5, Specometer 4.0, Valueometer 4.0, Locoyardometer 4.1