Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

Give the dog a Bone

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I bought a box of tat on eBay recently. I love looking at the tat collections. Just occasionally something decent comes up. If it does, I’ll put a couple of quid on it and see if anyone else notices. In this case it was a stock box. It only appeared in pictures 10 and 11 though so most people missed it. Good news for me.

The wheat cleared from the chaff

Once it had been delivered I trawled through the dross that filled the box and, having filtered out some 32mm gauge bits to go to the spares box of the Rhos Helyg Locomotive Works in North Wales, I ended up with a Grimsby fish wagon, a blue circle presflo, an Esso tanker and a Mighty White bread van amongst others.

Additionally there were sufficient bits for a class 58. Not one of my favourite locos but again in the archives there is a story which does interest me.

You see when BR produced the 58 they built it in modules – novel for the late 70s / early 80s – and they looked at selling beyond these shores so they did export version designs. They didn’t make it into production. Except one did. Well maybe it didn’t but there will be an export 58 on Penlowry.

Export locomotives vital statistics

Penlowry will have 58 001 which in my story went back into the works to be made into an export demonstrator. It kept the livery it had when it went in for the conversion so it sports RailFreight large logo livery.

And it’ll be this version – the single cab 58.

The model. As far as it got… until now!

For more information on the Class 58 see:

(The export drawing and the export model courtesy of Colin J Marsden’s –

Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales and Beamish. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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