Modellers are calling for more industrial locomotives in ‘OO’ gauge so Rapido Trains is excited to unveil this, the Hunslet 16in 0-6-0ST.
The Hunslet Locomotive Company of Leeds was one of the biggest private locomotive manufacturers in Britain. It built locomotives of all shapes and sizes both for the home market and for export all over the world.
The Hunslet 16in 0-6-0ST was the largest of a range of ‘standard’ locomotives. Other similar designs were available with 12, 14 and 15in diameter cylinders.
They were designed for industry where owners were looking for a locomotive that was economical, simple to operate, easy to maintain and durable. These locomotives often worked in dirty conditions, over poor track, with minimal maintenance and overhauls. However, they did so with ease and many had long service lives. The design was developed as a standard ‘off the shelf product’ although the new owners of locomotives often added minor embellishments including extra lubricators as they saw fit.
The design dates back to 1923 when Fitzwilliam was built for South Kirby Featherstone & Hemsworth Collierys Ltd. This simple design continued to be built through the Second World War and into the 1950s. The last new Hunslet 16in was Frank, which was built in 1958.
Hunslet built 44 16in 0-6-0STs. Of these, four were exported to Peru and one to Australia. The latter, Public Works Department No. 79 (No. 1825/1938) is now on display at the New South Wales Rail Museum in Thirlmere.
Most of the UK locomotives were employed in collieries and mines in Yorkshire and the East Midlands, although one was used at a power station in South Wales. Several 16in 0-6-0STs survived into preservation and can be found on a number of railways in museums up and down the country.
Thanks to access to a number of 16in Hunslets and original works drawings, we have already started work on this project. We also have plans to record sounds from one of the operational locomotives allowing us to offer a factory sound fitted option.
• Die-cast metal construction
• High quality motor and mechanism
• Next18 decoder socket
• DCC Sound option
• High level of detail with plenty of separately fitted parts
• NEM coupler pockets
• Sprung Buffers