Leek and Manifold 2-6-4T



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The Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway was a 2ft 6inch gauge line that ran from Waterhouses to Hulme End in Staffordshire and opened in 1904. Although a private concern, it was originally operated by the North Staffordshire Railway but in 1923 came under the control of the LMS Railway. It closed to traffic in 1934. The railway had two large 2-6-4 tank locomotives built by Kitson & Co. of Leeds in 1904. Numbered 1 and 2, and bearing the names E. R. Calthrop and J. B. Earle, they were both sadly scrapped shortly after the line closed.

This model is a large locomotive and is not suitable for small railways with tight curves. It will require a minimum of 3′ (900mm) radius to operate effectively. It follows the established design features: gas fired, simplified Walschaerts valve gear, the controls are steam regulator, reversing lever and gas regulator. The L&M loco is supplied with a pressure gauge, water gauge and water top up system. As can be seen from the picture above, it is well detailed and also has glazed cab windows.

The real locomotives ran in brown, crimson lake and black liveries and the models are available in these or any of the other Roundhouse colours. Both sets of nameplates are supplied. The wheels are insulated and with a conversion kit, can be altered between 32mm and 45mm gauges.

Available in manual or radio controlled format, the radio being 2.4GHz.

Dimensions: Length (over buffer beams) 430mm, Width 120mm, Height 155mm

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Black (RAL 9005), Blue (BS105), Brown (RAL 9003), Crimson Lake (BS473), Darjeeling Blue (RAL 5019), Deep Bronze Green (BS224), Deep Brunswick Green (BS227), FR Victorian Maroon (BS541), Maroon (RAL 3004), Signal Red (RAL 3001), W D Grey (BS637), Yellow (BS356)


32mm, 45mm