28XX / 38XX 2-8-0s
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Churchward's highly capable 28XX heavy freight locomotives were the first 2-8-0s in Britain. The initial production series of 84 engines was built between 1905 and 1919 and many of the class were still at work into the 1960s. A further 83 engines were built between 1938 and 1942 with Collett cabs and other modifications.
Masterpiece Models will build 60 of these classic 2-8-0s, which will be produced in three batches - the first with the original square front drop end, the second with the later curved front drop end, and a final batch of the later Collett '2884' modern variation. The quantity to be produced in each batch will be determined and refined by the number of provisional reservations received for each type. As the models are reserved they will be removed from the availability list and when a total of 60 have been reserved the list will be closed.
Although there were comparatively few variations across the class and over the years it is necessary to limit the number of options offered in order to make this a feasible build.
Therefore, as part of the standard specification, all our Churchward 28XX locomotives (choose from Nos. 2800-83) will be supplied with Churchward 3,500 gallon tenders, long-cone Standard No. 1 boilers with superheaters and standard smokeboxes. All will have the later style of trailing sandboxes with external fillers (placing the Churchward models in the period from 1915 onwards) and will be fitted with plain coupling rods (only a few members of the class had fluted coupling rods at various periods). None of the Churchward locomotives will have whistle shields (this feature only appeared on No. 2853) or a fireiron tunnel. All the BR period locomotives will be fitted with smokebox door number plates and shedcode plates.
Our Collett locomotives (choose from Nos. 2884-3866) will all have long-cone Standard No. 1 boilers with superheaters, standard smokeboxes, Collett side window cab, sandboxes with external fillers, plain coupling rods, outside steam pipes, short safety valve bonnets, modified motion plate, whistle shield, fireiron tunnel on left side, top lamp bracket on smokebox door and ATC. Like the earlier locomotives, this series will be supplied with Churchward 3,500 gallon tenders.
We will not be producing the oil-fired 48XX conversions which affected 20 of the class at various dates between 1945 and 1950 as follows: 2832 / 2834 / 2839 / 2845 / 2847 / 2848 / 2849 / 2853 / 2854 / 2862 / 2863 / 2872 / 2888 / 3813 / 3818 / 3820 / 3831 / 3837 / 3839 / 3865. All these engines had been converted back to coal firing by the end of January 1950.
We will also not be building the wartime versions with plated over cab windows or no cab windows at all.
For the Churchward 2800s which had the early-style cab with cut-outs, apart from the basic choice of straight or curved drop end frames, customers will be able to select the following options:
• Tall/short safety valve bonnet
• No top feed / top feed (standard from No. 2831)
• Upper lamp iron on smokebox top / smokebox door
• Outside / inside steam pipes
• Original parallel style cast iron chimney / later tapered cast iron chimney
• Tapered or parallel buffers
• Tall or low front vacuum pipe
• ATC (fitted to the entire class by 1931)
For the Collett '2884' series with side-window cab, which were far less affected by variations, only one option will be available:
• Tapered or parallel buffers
It is necessary for the customer to undertake some research to determine which features apply to the chosen locomotive at the desired period.
As the standard specification places all the models in the post 1915 period there will be no lined green examples. Six liveries will be available: GW green with GREAT WESTERN; GW green with shirtbutton monogram; GW wartime black with G W R; GW green with G W R; BR black with lion-over-wheel emblem; BR black with later totem.