Murdoch17

2-10-0 "Austerity" class steam locomotive + UK freight train - real life MOC

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The War Department "Austerity" 2-10-0 is a type of steam heavy freight locomotive that was introduced in WWII in 1943. It was designed by R.A. Riddles, the same man who latter went on to design the British Railways 9F 2-10-0 type. I've backdated my 1950's 9F type into this 1940's Austerity class by removing the side smoke deflectors and changing around some small features here and there.

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As most of this engine still existed as-built from my previous 9F build from 2014 (that itself was inspired by @ScotNick's model of Thomas and Friends' 9F-type engine Murdoch) or so, I just needed to get wheels, a tender draw-bar connector, pistons / side-rods, and the little bit of parts to convert it to a Austerity type.

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The tender should have a "WD" printed on it in 1 x 1 tiles, standing for War Department. As this engine was bought and placed on a revitalized rail-line made available after the Beeching Cuts of the mid-1960's, the engine was repainted in it's original War Department paint scheme.

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The cab of the engine, with firebox in the middle.

FACT:

The Austerity 2-10-0 class engine was designed and built during the Second World War as an British export locomotive, with some going as far away as Greece, the Netherlands, or Syria, while a few stayed in the UK to be worked by the War Department, and later, British Railways. All but three of the ones from the UK (of which one was owned by the Longmoor Military Railway) survived mass scrapping in 1962 and were preserved, while a fourth was brought back from the Netherlands and also survives. (There are also a few derelict versions in Greece, while a museum in the Netherlands has an engine as well, albeit in much better condition than the Greek locos.)

FICTION:

This 2-10-0 Austerity type is used by the Lego Rail Transportation Society (LRTS) as one of it's main freight haulers. It hauls cargo from the mainline big city interchange at Ironwood to the small town of Davis, about 25 miles distant. Davis is the location of the Rust-eze factory and engine sheds for the LRTS. There are plans to get trains across the iron bridge close to town and onto the Island of Sodor beyond that. The old iron bridge is sound, they just need to re-lay the rail on the bridge and on the approaching stonework. This would be great, as it would nearly double the amount of trackage for the Society's passenger trains.

 

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These oil tankers are supposed to have this OCTAN print on the four 2 x 2 white round tiles on the end of each car. These car's were inspired by 2010 Cargo Train's (set 7939) OCTAN wagons.

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The three boxcars seen here are owned by Rust-eze Bumper Ointment (basically, a vehicular rust prevention solution), and are used to transfer completed pallets of product from their factory to a nearby cargo main terminal, where it is shipped as needed. There is another factory in North America to take care of both the Americas, while the English factory covers Europe and Africa, and a new Australian factory is to corner the Asian / Australian market, which has yet to be opened.

(In reality, I'm using the same factory model for both North American and UK factories, as they are both rail-served anyway in my own head-canon. Also, two of these printed panels go on each boxcar)

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My standard British Railways guard's van.

As usual, comments, questions, and complaints are always welcome!

Edited by Murdoch17

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My original, 2014 design of the 9F variety. (which was a chronic bad runner due to the BFBFB wheel arrangement and bad pony truck placement.)

V.S.

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The 2020 redesign in Austerity format, which I can push and let go off and it just runs down the track.... no problem! It's amazing what a new wheel (FBBFB) arrangement can do , right?

Anyway, the first post is now updated with real life pictures of the updated model. Feedback would be appreciated!

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Looks good and I'm glad to hear it runs better with the new wheel arrangement! Looking at this picture of the original, my only suggestion would be maybe lowering the cylinders and running plates. But if it runs well, why mess with it?! (I've learned that lesson the hard way!)

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On 1/28/2020 at 9:41 AM, Pdaitabird said:

Looks good and I'm glad to hear it runs better with the new wheel arrangement! Looking at this picture of the original, my only suggestion would be maybe lowering the cylinders and running plates. But if it runs well, why mess with it?! (I've learned that lesson the hard way!)

Thank you! I've just added a freight train for the engine to pull to the first post...

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What does everybody think of that?

Edited by Murdoch17

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