The last locomotive to be written up for model engineers to follow the ‘words and music’ of LBSC was based on a 2-4-0 LNWR Jumbo (officially Precedent Class) named Mabel. Curly gave most of the 55 locos he built women’s names and his wife was called Mabel, but usually referred to as Scotty. In fact, the original LNWR 619 was called Mabel, named by F. W. Webb after Mrs Stephenson. The loco was built in Crewe in 1896 and later became LMS 5060.

Curly designed and built Mabel and described it in Model Engineer magazine in 1966, but sadly died in 1967 before completion of the articles, although drawings were to become available in gauges from Gauge 1 to 5” and still are available in 3.5”.  He completed his own model in 3.5” gauge before starting to write it up.  Martin Evans completed the articles in 1968.

Mabel was published following a change of regime at the magazine. Curly had fallen out with new publishers in 1959 and resigned. Another change of ownership in 1965 saw the new editorial bosses visit Purley Works to explain that the magazine was returning to its original Percival Marshall (the founder) style and to invite him to return to the fold. During the visit they saw the Jumbo and the articles were commissioned. 

Here, we look at a few  completed Jumbos.

First is a model by Derek Taylor, seen at Bristol.

A nice example called Lady Joan.

This one was built by Peter Aldridge and is of no 482 Pegasus.

And D Morris built this one.