J Richardson’s


J Richardson’s wonderful model of Great Northern Atlantic is a masterpiece. At Harrogate 2013 it was given a First Award, won the Myford Shield for Best Locomotive and the Precision Paints Award for the Best Finished Model.

The model was painstakingly completed over 22 years. Although plenty have been built in 3.5” gauge, the GN Atlantic is rare in 5” gauge, and unique in the detail of this model. A full set of engineering drawings were prepared from original works drawings before building began. As research continued the drawings were modified to ensure that the model accurately represents 1442 as running in 1913. Incorporating every detail and ensuring accurate scale was an obsession and involved building a library of reference documents.

Patterns were made for many castings and commercially available castings were modified as appropriate. Blind ended cylinders are of the correct type with balanced slide valves exhausting through valve chest covers. Other items of note include the smokebox mounted blower valve, swing link bogie, lever-operated water scoop, and the cab layout. The GN crest/armorial transfer was researched and made by the builder.

The prototype was built in 1908 for the Imperial Exhibition of 1909. It retained its exhibition finish and became the Great Northern Railway’s flagship engine, used for Royal duties. It was the only engine to have the GNR armorial device and polished splasher rims. The builder points out that the frames of No 251, preserved at York, have been incorrectly painted brown. All the reference documents refer to Lake or red/brown colour, which has been incorporated in the model.