Building the Lancashire and Yorkshire
Railway Hughes 4-6-4T
The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Hughes 4-6-4T was a class of steam locomotives that had great potential, but due to re-grouping it never appeared in great numbers. They were a 4-6-4T (tank engine) version of the L&YR Class 8 ("Dreadnought" Class 4-6-0). Martin Evans a prolific writer and designer of model locomotives produced a series on this L & Y Tank Engine in 3 ½ inch gauge for Model Engineer around 1998. The fortnightly articles caught RSMEE member Len Uffs eye, who decided to convert the drawings from Model Engineer to 5 inch gauge and commenced building around the turn of this century (2000). So began a project that to date has lasted 10 years and continues to progress year on year
Ted Talbot’s book ‘LNWR Eight-Coupled Goods Engines’ should be obtained from the library. In my case my daughter located a copy on the interweb following a request on my Christmas list.
Starting with the frames the drawings were passed on to a company where they were laser cut.. The wheels were a different story as having hunted around for castings with the correct number of spokes proved impossible to source. However an answer to my quest came in the form of producing a set of patterns with drawings myself and visiting a local foundry where the wheels were cast.
The continuing project can be seen in the pictures that follow and we will be adding more as Len continues building and the current state of play will be on show at the RSMEE's stand at the Northern Modelling Exhibition. (2nd—4th March 2012)