The Leek & 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 scrapped shortly after the line closed though some of the impressive name plates still survive. This 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.
Technical specifications for 'Leek & Manifold'.
Due to popular demand, we have now added both brown and crimson lake to our list of standard colours in order to offer this model in it's early North Staffordshire and LMS liveries. As there is no sample existent of the brown used, only written descriptions, the actual shade is very much open to personal interpretation. The colour chosen has been suggested to us by someone who has done a lot of research into the matter and the crimson lake was arrived at by consensus of a group of people.
Please ensure that you are entirely happy with the chosen colour before ordering in these liveries. Please also note that the only way to see precisely what it looks like is view the model 'in the flesh' as it will vary greatly in pictures. To illustrate the problem, search for ral 8003 in Google, click on images, and see many examples of what are suppose to be, the same colour. Click here to save you time
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