A few years ago, I’d started on the job of converting a Bachmann Class 24 in to a ‘Tyne Docker’ which involved a lot of modifications to the body and the building of a set of Penbits sprung bogies.
I’d finished the bogies and had done some of the body modifications when, out of nowhere, Sutton’s Locomotive Works (SLW) announced that they were producing a Class 24.
Whilst their initial offerings were not suitable for representing the ones I needed, when they announced the Darlington Works version, I procured a couple of those versions, to represent the class when they were first introduced on to the iron ore trains in 1966. One was renumbered and both weathered to represent the filthy state that the 24s got in to on the Consett run.
Fast forward a couple of years and SLW announced that they were producing models of the 24s after they passed through Glasgow Works for modifications in the early 1970s. The Tyne Dock locos were part of this refurbishment program and represent the locos after TOPS renumbering so are perfect for representing the locos that ran on the iron ore trains up to 1974.
The original SLW 24s were, when they were introduced, the most detailed diesel models on the market and have subsequently not been surpassed but these new locos take the detail to a new level. Featuring more detailed bogie pipework, finer etched grills, new windows and various other modifications, the new locos are state of the art in 4mm scale.
I took delivery of two of the new locos yesterday and they will become 24105 and 24103. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:
And the whole fleet: