Townsend Hook

This page is the information portal (sounds a bit grand) for matters to do with our Townsend Hook loco body kit.  Immediate matters arising are posted below. Scroll further down for links to instructions and photo galleries.

Also with kind permission of Irwell Press there is an article about their history that appeared in the Railway Bylines Magazine in July 2001

 

 

Matters Arising

  • Dapol tell me that the next run of B4 locos is delayed until April next year. I have decided that a previous plan to order some chassis from the production run doesn’t really work with that delay as it ties up capital when we ought to to be well on the way with our next project. As a result we won’d be offering chassis for sale directly.
  • Fixing the body to the chassis. I am sorry the instructions didn’t explicitly mention this but there are holes in the body that match the mounting holes in the chassis. Fitting it can be a right faff so my preferred solution whilst building it was to use small blobs of blue tack and then, when I was pretty sure it was going together for  the last time, I replaced the Blue tack with double sided sticky tape.

History

Railway Bylines Magazine & Irwell Press have kindly given permission for me to post links to a scan of an article by Harry Lime that appeared in the July 2001 issue of Railway Bylines which is now out of print.

Dorking Greystone Lime Company and it’s railways – a tale of four gauges. Harry Lime. Railway Bylines July 2001_1-5

Dorking Greystone Lime Company and it’s railways – a tale of four gauges. Harry Lime. Railway Bylines July 2001_6-end

Fascinating for me was the inclusion of the Coffee Pot when it was a Betchworth Engine given that I now drive it at its new home at Beamish Museum

Kit Instructions 

Below are links to the instructions as included in the kit. They should be read in conjunction with any notes in the matters arising section above.

Photo Gallery – Townsend Hook

Photo Gallery – William Finlay

Photo Gallery – General