We are a long established Model Railway Shop in Halesowen, West Midlands with excellent connections to M5 Jct.3 & 4.
All the above would not be possible without the enormous support of the volunteers who help to keep the shop running! We thank them very much.
This is a scratch-built G.I.P Railway Electric 4-6-2 Locomotive made from Brass, that is based on a prototype based in Bombay around 1930. Such was the early stage of Electric locomotive development, the locomotive used the chassis of a 4-6-2 Pacific Steam locomotive with an electric prototype body put on the top to gain more power for the gradients out of Bombay. The locomotive was used to haul the heaviest trains up out of Bombay over the mountains and beyond, often working as a pair front and rear. This model is part-built and needs some careful, loving hands to finish the build and then paint.
The motor is powered through the overhead pantographs and needs at least 2.5Amp output from the transformer to run. The pantograph units are intact but not connected permanently to the main body nor is the main body connected to the chassis. There is a piece of the roof missing between the two pantograph units with other small details, such as handrails, also missing on the body shell. It also has lights wired up front and rear but not connected to a power source. The model is quite heavy as it currently stands.
We believe that this model represents the start of a project from the 1950's and originated in India. It's completion will result in a fantastic and unique model of an Indian locomotive that would adorn any layout or display shelf, anywhere. The pieces came to us in a box and the model displayed is as far as we can go with the original pieces now all put together plus a few extra bits to ensure that it runs.
Attached is a photograph, we believe, of one of the original prototypes based at an Indian Railway Museum in Bombay.