Gauge 3 Models for LNWR Rolling Stock
Gauge 3 (2½in) was probably the most popular scale for
modelling until the early 1930s, when mass-produced railway models began to be affordable
by the lower classes who lived in relatively smaller houses. It is starting to enjoy a
revival, but is still very much a minority interest. The scale was originally ½in
to 1ft, but changed to 17/32in to 1ft (13.5mm to 1ft) around the Second World War period
in order to accommodate larger boilers giving more power. The revised scale is now used
universally and gives an almost exact scale-to-gauge ratio.
The following commercial models and/or kits are known to have been made of LNWR subjects. The dates given are when the models are known to have been advertised, but the actual dates of introduction could well have been earlier. Some are extremely rare, but others are relatively easy to find today, especially those in need of a rebuild:
These are more difficult to find today than locomotives. Contemporary trade catalogues and adverts often used engravings or merely lists of models which may not have actually existed. Consequently a reliable list has been difficult to produce, but manufacturers of LNWR carriages in Gauge 3 are known to have included:
These were mainly of generic appearance, painted in the correct liveries of contemporary railway companies. Those known to have been produced include:
Most of these early models are accurate and look the part, with one or two exceptions.
The overall dimensions were usually exactly correct and the steam locomotives,
particularly by Carson, are good, reliable performers even today. The ex-Carson
Experiment 4-6-0, in kit form, continued to be listed in Bassett-Lowke catalogues
into the 1930s.
If you know of any current of historical models which we have omitted or if you have any comments on the above list please send an email to the Modelling Group