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The history of the LNWR 0-8-0 is long and complicated, so rather than try to include it all here, these notes deal only with the history as it affects the locomotives that can be built from the Bachmann model and the Brassmasters’ EasiChas. For the full history, ‘Eight-Coupled Goods engines’ by Edward Talbot is essential reading.

The later batches of G1 (built 1914 onwards) and the G2 were all built with vacuum brakes. From 1924 strengthened brake was introduced on vacuum braked locos. The strengthened brake gear consisted of a second brake cylinder in front of the firebox operating the linkage on the leading two wheelsets, with the original cylinder under the cab operating the linkage on the trailing two wheelsets. The modification commenced with the locomotives that had been built with vacuum brakes (G1 – LMS 9225 onwards, all G2s). As they were converted from steam brake to vacuum brake, most were fitted with two cylinders and the majority were converted in the next 10 years. However, some locomotives retained steam brakes until scrapped.

The G2s were built with a modified motion with a direct drive. This was mounted higher in the frames and resulted in a cranked reach rod in place of the straight reach rod for those locomotives fitted with indirect drive. From the early 1920s G1s began to be fitted with ‘strengthened motion’ as it was known.

At the start of our period of interest, the G1s were fitted with three-piece rods and the G2s were fitted with one piece jointed rods, although an occasional engine may have had rods from a B which were a two-piece rod with one joint. As time went on more were fitted with single piece jointed rods.

G2A locomotives that appeared from 1935 were converted from G1s that were fitted with a 175 lb/ boiler and nominally strengthened brakes and direct motion. Some were already fitted with one or both but converted locomotives often lacked one or the other.

Various changes were introduced during the life of the locomotives and the most noticeable were parallel buffers (1933 onwards), smokebox handles in place of wheel (early WW2 onwards), strengthened buffer beam (1942 onwards) and Stanier chimney (1944 onwards). Fitting was not necessarily fast and not all locomotives were fitted during their life.

As for the tender, once the engines were converted to vacuum brake they were only paired with one of the last two designs of Bowen Cooke tender. The Bachmann model is of the last type of Bowen Cooke tender (BC4). The previous type (BC3) had the same body but with Whale type frames. The first tender cabs were built in WW1 but only one was fitted to a BC3 tender. The tender cabs in 1946, and later, were fitted only to BC4 tenders and they also had steps at the rear of the tender.

So, with this number of variations, a picture of the locomotive you wish to model at the right period is necessary to get the detail right.


All of these variations, except the ex-B rods, can be built using the appropriate Bachmann model, the EasiChas kit and various additional items:

Indirect or direct reach rod – EasiChas

Original or strengthened brakes – EasiChas

Three piece rods – available separately from Brassmasters (ref C105)

Single piece rods – EasiChas

LNWR buffers – sprung buffers available separately from Brassmasters (ref A217)

Parallel buffers – on Bachmann model or sprung buffers available separately from Brassmasters (ref A101)

Smokebox door wheel – on Bachmann model or in EasiChas

Smokebox door handles – on Bachmann model or available separately from Brassmasters (ref A022)

Original or strengthened buffer beam - EasiChas

LNWR chimney - whitemetal one available separately from Brassmasters

Stanier chimney - on Bachmann model or whitemetal one available separately from Brassmasters

BC4 tender frames – Bachmann model or brass in EasiChas

BC3 tender frames – available separately Brassmasters

Rear tender steps below footplate – Bachmann model or in EasiChas





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