WD Austerity Saddle Tank No. 15 W.P.R (Wemyss Private Railway) Brown
The Wemyss Private Railway acquired No. 15 in 1964 to join its fleet of 0-6-0 tanks operating on the private line which transported coal from the estate’s collieries in Fife, Scotland, to nearby docks and rail interchanges. No. 15 operated until 1970 when the line closed but was saved for preservation and has been restored back into W.P.R livery, complete with air brakes, as depicted by this EFE Rail model.
- Era 5
- Locomotive is now Preserved
- Pristine Wemyss Private Railway Brown livery
- Running No. 15
- Accessory Pack
- NEM Coupling Pockets
- Powerful Coreless Motor
- Equipped with a 6 Pin (Micro) DCC Decoder Socket – recommended Decoder item No. 36-571
- Length 63mm
- N Scale
WD AUSTERITY SADDLE TANK HISTORY
The War Department Austerity Saddle Tank was the standard British shunting locomotive during the Second World War. Built to a Hunslet design, the construction was sub-contracted to various builders to expedite delivery of locomotives in order to help the war effort. The design was rugged and simple, ideal for operating in a hostile environment and where routine maintenance tasks would often need to be performed in the field. By 1947, a total of 377 locomotives have been built for the War Department but with the war ending two years previous, the military started to dispose of surplus engines; some were brought by the LNER and classified as J94s, others stayed in Europe where they had been deployed and were subsequently purchased by the Dutch Railways and various private industries. In the UK, the Saddle Tanks were popular with industrial users and along with examples purchased from the government, new locomotives were ordered taking construction right up to 1964. Of these new orders, the National Coal Board placed the majority. In industrial use many Austerity Saddle Tanks continued working long after steam had ended on British Rail and such is the simplicity of the design and the ease of operation, seventy examples have been preserved and can now be found at heritage railways throughout the UK.
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