G Smith’s

BASS WORKS LOCO NO 9

This delightful 0-4-0ST model is of what is probably the only surviving member of the large fleet of small locomotives operated by the many breweries that operated in Burton on Trent. It is on display in the town. This former Bass No 9 works engine was built in 1901 by Neilson, Reid & Co. at that time the largest locomotive builder in Britain, capable of building 300 locomotives per year employing 3,500 men. In 1903 the company merged wiith Dübs and Company and Sharp Stewart and Company to form the North British Locomotive Company, then the largest locomotive company in the world, outside of the United States.

The model was photographed at the 2012 Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition, an ideal opportunity to see it in unpainted state with all the craftsmanship clearly on view. It looks very good, too, and the builder admits to being hesitant about painting it. However, it should look really good in lined red.

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