Please note that this model will be discontinued at the end of this year.
Orders will be taken upto December 31st 2012.

Tom Rolt

Tom Rolt

The prototype was designed at the Talyllyn Railway Pendre works, and built using parts from a 1948 Barclay 3' gauge locomotive as well as many new items. The project took over 20 years to complete and the loco entered service in 1991 as No.7, TOM ROLT. It is named after the transport history and engineering author, L. T. C. Rolt who inspired the rescue of the Talyllyn Railway by volunteers and was the TR's first general manager after preservation.
In the last 19 years, the loco has undergone a number of minor changes and our model is based on the engine as originally built.
As far as possible, all major dimensions are to scale for 16mm/1ft however, to ensure that performance and reliability are to our usual high standard, some compromises have been made in the cylinder and valve gear proportions.

Technical specifications for Tom Rolt

45mm gauge version.

In order to accommodate the wider gauge, a separate, wider chassis is used on the 45mm gauge version. This causes the cylinders to protrude beyond the side tanks and buffer beams, but are still within the overall loading gauge width, measured over the cab side handrails. Also, the rear chassis beneath the cab is made wider to allow the rear truck to swing on curves.

All of the superstructure is the same for both 32mm and 45mm versions and is to scale for 16mm:1ft. The wider chassis is not used on 32mm gauge locomotives and is a necessary compromise to offer a 45mm gauge version, but may not look right to some eyes.

45 mm gauge version
Front view showing wider cylinder spacing on 45mm gauge version.

Wider rear chassis on 45mm gauge version.
Wider rear frames on 45mm gauge version.

Please note that this model will be discontinued at the end of this year.
Orders will be taken upto December 31st 2012.

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