Alasdair Milne’s

STIRLING SINGLE

IN 7.25” GAUGE

Patrick Stirling designed his original single in 1870 after he moved to the Great Northern Railway in 1866. At that time new engines were required for the many new routes that were being opened up. Stirling built his single engines for speed and power, which could handle the continuous gradients on the main London to York GNR line, and compete against the Midland Railway and L&NWR in the ‘Races to the North’.

A product of these races were the famous Stirling Singles. These were elegant 4-2-2 engines with eight-foot driving wheels, and domeless boilers. These popular engines regularly set speed records in the races of 1888 and 1895. None survived into regular LNER stock, although Stirling Single No.1 is now a part of the National Collection at the National Railway Museum in York. Alasdair Milne’s model (pictured at the Midlands Exhibition) is in 7.25” gauge and is of No 34, tenth of the class to be built. It came out of Doncaster Works in May 1875, equipped with a 2700 gallon tender. The backhead reflects the controls in the locomotive prior to a rebuild in 1886. The model was designed from works drawings and other sources and took four years to build.