One of the “background” things I’ve been doing is assimilating the Patriarch’s models into the Penlowry stock. I’ve previously mentioned his Mallard Models Duke class which is a stunning bit of brass modelling and runs very well. It currently is The Lizard which was his preferred name in the nameplates that came with the kit. The Lizard got Dukedogged so won’t fit on my railway as is, but Cornubia survived as one of the curvy framed Dukes that got swept into the Dukedog class and survived to nationalisation so Cornubia it will become.
In the case of his K’s Bulldog I’m ashamed to say I’d overlooked it as I’d assumed that none survived. It’s true that most did disappear, either forming the frames of Dukedogs or being scrapped such as the Patriarch’s Tregeagle which formed a Dukedog in later life. However some made it into BR, and the last, Penzance, was not withdrawn until 1951. One even managed to have a smoke box numberplate made for it (only 1 mind you- I’d imagine if it still exists the collectors would froth and pay a small fortune for it).
So for my 1947-1949 railway, it is perfectly acceptable to have a Bulldog. My thoughts are I’ll re-chassis it with a Bachmann Dukedog chassis as the K’s chassis is the “dog” bit of Bulldog and never ran well.
As for the name, well if the Manic Street Preachers aren’t your thing and you didn’t pick up on the lyrics in the title, it’ll be 3393 Australia which survived to Nov 1949. Very apt given my recent family history.
Picture sourced from here which has a good caption.