This is the result of a commission (now available to all) where I heavily modified the Freelance L&YR Class 28 Mogul Experiment into the Warrior K6. Although several RTR chassis can be made to fit (several have made them fit the mogul Experiment) this is designed to fit the Mogul Experiment chassis, the 00 version of which is here...
Suggested Tender for this locomotive is the L&YR one found here...
L&YR Tender Chassis (00)...
Also a special addition has been designed to give the crew more protection that is designed to fit with the L&YR Tender...
The Safety Valves will have to be sourced or made yourself, dimples are designed in to aid drilling. As the front steps have been moved forward you will need gentle curves for the pony wheel to not catch, if this is an issue cutting the steps off and repositioning or complete removal may ben needed.
The information below I have been requested to display in the hope it may help any who may be interested so that should anyone else wish to model one of these locos they don’t have to try and guess any of the details.
The Haywood, Whitley & Yorkshire Union Railway (HWYUR) Warrior Class/LNER K6
The HWYUR is fictional main line railway, absorbed by the LNER during the grouping and later into the North Eastern region of British railways upon nationalisation, running from it’s southernmost interchange with the East Coast Mainline at Haywood, 5.4 miles north of Doncaster, to the main terminus at York, with further lines running from Whitley to Leeds, York to Scarborough & Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast, and York to Morecambe on the Lancashire coast. It’s main goods are fish, coal, stone and aggregates, with some lumber traffic on a smaller scale.
The K6 was designed in 1915 by Edwin Russell following the retirement of the previous locomotive superintendent, George Taylor (who held the position from 1880-1915). Russell immediately noticed that the pre-existing “Small” and “Large” goods 0-6-0s as well as the River class 2-4-0* and the Cavalry class 4-4-0** were struggling to cope with the demand from the war effort.
Drawing from his experience training under George Hughes of the L&YR he designed a mixed traffic 2-6-0 with 5ft 6in wheels, as a result these locos bore a strong resemblance to L&Y design practice, especially in the spartan appearance of the boiler and cab, though he also incorporated some of his own stylistic choices such as a shorter dome & chimney and unified splashers. The smokebox door also featured a two-handled smokebox dart which the HW&Y crews were more familiar with as opposed to the L&Y tradition of using clasps to hold the smokebox door shut. They also incorporated a tender-cab to enable tender first running on goods trains
Following a brief testing period with the prototype to eliminate any teething troubles an initial batch of 15 locos was built, these soon proved to be very versatile machines capable of hauling up to 500 tons unassisted, though they were found to be somewhat rough riding at speeds exceeding 60mph, nevertheless they worked well enough to be utilized on some of the heaviest passenger trains on the HWYUR and soon additional batches were ordered until the class totalled 43 locomotives. They proved to be particularly successful on the fitted express fish trains from both the east and west coasts, although they could be found on just about any type of train from pick-up goods, to express passenger, even standing in for the 0-6-0s on coal trains on the odd occasion.
Info for modeling purposes:
During HWYUR years of operation the first batch was initially painted in wartime grey, then following cessation of hostilities these locos were repainted into the standard livery of dark blue with red lining. The locos during this time were numbered 100-142.
During the LNER 1923-1939 period the locos were painted in mixed traffic lined black and numbered 9100-9142, during wartime they were painted in dull black and from 1946-1948 they were renumbered in the 1XXX range***, some of the members were painted in lined apple green, although most were still in wartime black when nationalisation happened.
following nationalisation 60000 was added to their numbers and they were painted in mixed traffic lined black, although a few were turned out in lined green based on the whims of local shed crews.
The entirety of the class were named after different soldiers and warriors from history, for example Carolean, Spartan, Marine, Samurai and Grenadier****.
Should you decide to add DCC sound then I’d recommend a deeper whistle like the LMS hooter the sound from a Black Five or 8F will do
*The River class is the SPC 2-4-0 also sold through SCC
**The Cavalry class is a Sharpe Stuart 4-4-0 which in the as-built “D55/1” condition can be represented by the Pheonix Superheated FR K2 also available through SCC, the later D55/2 is a rebuild with a similar boiler to the K6 that I will be discussing the details of at a later stage.
***as I’m personally modelling an alternate history scenario where nationalisation never happens I’m using a self-devised fictional refinement of the 1946 thompson renumbering scheme where they fall into the 1906-1949 number range, as a result I don’t have any clear idea of where all 43 locos would fit in the 1XXX-range, my best advice is to use the wikipedia article with the list of LNER locomotives as of 1947 and simply pick a number in the gaps in the 1XXX-range.
****as with the above just pick a type of warrior or soldier you like the sound of and apply the name to your chosen number.