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

Tender spot

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So I’ve turned into a bit of a tender geek. Who would have guessed? (Steph*, don’t say ANYTHING!)

It’s this Saint idea of mine. The picture of Caynham Court on a parcels train shows it with a Collett 3500 gal intermediate tender. These weren’t very common but found their way onto a variety of classes. 

(Ignore the caption, its Lentz valve gear) 

To keep it simple, what I believe is correct is that there are 3 main classes of GW tenders:

Dean / Churchward 3000, 3500, and 4000 gal tenders (such as you’ll see on City of Truro), with the higher capacities achieved using a well tank between the frames. 

Star class Lode Star with Dean / Churchward tender
Collett 3000, 3500, and 4000 gal tenders (such as you’ll see on Collett 4-6-0 locos). In preservation Manors have been paired with 3500 tenders to give a greater capacity but looks a tad odd. Hornby’s latest Grange is paired with a 3500 tender which in real life is 7″ lower than a 4000 (2.5mm on the model)

Modified Hall Class Raveningham Hall with Collett 4000 gal tender. 
Hawksworth 4000 gal tender thin and wide. The wide ones (8’6″) were paired with the Counties and the thin ones (8’0″) were build for other 4-6-0 classes including the Modified Halls. There was a plan (and drawing) for a Hawksworth 3000 gal tender but it was never needed as scrapping of older locos (the Saints in particular) provided spare tenders. 

Hawksworth County Class County of Chester with wide Hawksworth tender
It turns out that in the GW standardisation policy, it was easy to mount different tanks on different frames so all sorts of wonderful combinations appeared at some time or other. 

The Collett 3500 gal intermediate tender is an oddity (if I have researched this correctly) and as produced was mounted on a Dean / Churchward chassis. 

This is good news for me. The Hornby Saint I have comes with a Dean / Churchward tender. Removing the tender top and replacing it with a Collett one should give the desired result. 

Hornby Saint Patrick 

*Steph is my (little) big sister, and I always reckon she stopped being interested in trains once she was old enough to realise she had a choice! (Although being sensible she did enjoy her footplate ride on the mighty Square on the Ffestiniog). 

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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