Ixion Models' new light railway loco (Trade announcement)
Lindsay O'Reilly <lindsay.oreilly@...>
Dear industrial and light railway friends,
Ixion Model Railways announces the production of a finescale injection-moulded O Gauge model of the John Fowler & Co 0-4-0 diesel-mechanical locomotive in 7mm scale (1:43.5, for 32mm standard gauge). This locomotive, Ixion’s fifth product, once again reflects the Ixion Directors’ own diverse interests and market research. The design work for this engine is almost complete.
The model represents the solitary example that was built by Fowler for the Great Western Railway in 1933. It was given the running number “1” and was powered by a six-cylinder 70HP diesel engine with an ancillary petrol-powered starting motor. The locomotive was sold to George Cohen, Sons & Co Ltd of Leeds in 1940 and was later passed on to the Ministry of Supply.
The locomotive was built to a generic design that was in production from the late 1920s until the 1950s. Widely used by industry, the wheelbase was common, but a wide variety of engines and transmissions were used to suit buyer’s specific requirements resulting in many detail differences. The London Midland & Scottish Railway employed a similar locomotive numbered “2” which was in use from 1935 until 1962.
The model will be available in GWR lined green as above, and also painted, but unlettered and unlined for industrial use.
As you may know, several industrial examples of the class have survived into preservation in the UK. Many similar narrow gauge locos came to Australia, but the only standard gauge example I have identified came to Woomera to work the military railway there. More information about this, and any other standard gauge locos of this model in Australia would be VERY welcome.
3D images of the not-yet-completed CAD model can be viewed on our website, www.ixionmodels.com
Phil Badger, Chris Klein and Lindsay O'Reilly
Directors, Ixion Model Railways Ltd.