Following the recent reviews of Hornby’s 0-4-0 side-tank locomotives, today’s blog post look’s at two real 0-4-0 tank engines on
the Bluebell Railway last year. The first is Dorking Greystone Lime Work’s 3 Captain Baxter. Built in 1877, this colourful locomotive is a very popular machine. It’s character partly comes from it’s diminutive size, which can be seen clearly by comparing it to a 4MT tank as shown in the picture below.
The second 0-4-0 tank engine was not running, but could be found in Sheffield Park engine shed. LSWR 96 Normandy is one of two survivors of the B4 class and was used as a shunter in Southampton docks.
Indeed, Matt Wickham, creator of the Bluebell Model Railway has shown that a model B4 can be made from a Hornby GWR Holden tank, something that I have long considered attempting!
I hope you have enjoyed looking at these two 0-4-0 tank engines. Do not forget that you still have plenty of time for your Movember competition entries, click here to read more. I look forward to hearing from you!