One of the more unusual looking locomotives of the 00 scale locoyard fleet of model locomotives is Ivatt 4MT 2-6-0 43160. This Bachmann model has been reviewed before (click here to read the review) and today, we look at the history of the prototype…Ivatt’s 4MT 2-6-0 was designed for the LMS for medium freight work, although in service it also proved useful for mixed traffic and could often be found employed on (secondary) passenger services. Only 3 members of the class were actually completed by the LMS with the remaining 159 members of the class being built by British Railways. Construction took place from 1947 to 1952 and 43160 was one of the last. 43160 was built in 1952 and was one of 50 built at Doncaster works by British Railways (the others were built in Horwich or Darlington).
Although this locomotive’s ancestry can be traced to the LMS, it’s working life began in East Anglia. It was one of many locomotives in it’s class to work the former Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, a railway previously owned jointly by the LMS and LNER. It is interesting that certain locomotive classes have strong associations away from their place of origin. This was particularly common in the early days of British Railways, before construction of “standard” classes began. The Fairburn 4MT‘s and it’s use in the south of England is another example of this.
The class were superseded by the BR Standard class 4MT 2-6-0 that were almost a carbon copy of Ivatt’s design, although the standard class improved the locomotive’s looks somewhat by incorporating a sloping footplate in front of the cylinders. Ivatt’s design was considered ugly by many who disliked the almost American-like looks. The type picked up nicknames as a result, such as ‘Flying Pigs’, ‘mucky ducks’ and ‘doodle-bugs’. 43160 ended it’s working life based in the east of Greater Nottingham, based at Colwick. In 1965 it was withdrawn and scrapped the same year. Only one of its classmates survived, number 43106, that can be found in working order on the Severn Valley Railway.
I hope you enjoyed finding out the history of this small but powerful locomotive. Don’t forget the history of many other locomotive prototypes of the locoyard model fleet can be found by clicking on the “Prototype Info” links on the Loco Models page (click here for more). Thanks for reading 🙂