I love these diminutive character-filled locos. Along with GWR tank engines and Class 08’s, they’re amongst my favourite engines. They are known Terriers because of the ‘bark’ of the exhaust beat.
A video of a full-size Terrier shows this wonderful loco in action on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
The model I’ve chosen for this Tiny Train Thursday is the Hornby OO gauge version of LB&SCR No 4 which I like of all model Terriers because of its travels.
It was originally built at LB&SCR Brighton works in 1875 as No 53 Ashted. Initially, number 53 was allocated to New Cross where it remained until the start of the 20th century under Southern Railway.
It was still in use in 1916 on the Crystal Palace motor-train service having been reboilered to A1X class in May 1912.
By April 1937, and now numbered 2653, it had found itself way to Littlehampton where it was working on the wharfs. It was then sold to Colonel Stevens for use on the Weston Clevedon & Portishead Light Railway for £800!
Here it worked until the line was closed in 1940, being the last train to work that railway. It was then sold to GWR as No.6 Portishead and even survived into BR ownership before being finally scrapped in 1948.
Hornby’s model is DCC Ready and can be found on eBay here.
Do you have one on your layout? Have you ever seen a Terrier or even this one? (I’d love to see your photos if you have any).