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Bassett Lowke's Little Giants - Where are they now?

Discussion in 'Miniature Railways' started by JMJR1000, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. MuzTrem

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    Both the UK-based Class 20s were badly damaged by fire at Southport in 1931. King George is, at least officially, a rebuild of Prince Edward of Wales, while sister engine No. 21 - originally built for Southport and named Prince of Wales! - became Princess Elizabeth. However, The Little Giant Story says that the "rebuilds" were very extensive and may even have involved new frames for both locomotives.

    The history of the Little Giants is a minefield! As Anthony said, The Little Giant Story really is the "bible", if you can get hold of a copy.
     
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    Just of topic what is the history of the locomotives at Blackpool pleasure beach railway .
     
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    kscanes Part of the furniture

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    Very simple. The three Hudswell Clarke steam outline diesels were new there in 1933 and 1935. That's it really, apart from the works loco BARBIE which came from Alan Keef in 1998 having previously worked on peat bogs near Eastriggs.
     
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    Back in the 1960s I was taken to the amusement park at Belle Vue, Manchester. There was a miniature railway with a live steam 4-4-2. It appeared to have some Wild West appendages, but might have been a BL or a Barnes loco. Anyone have more info? or possibly a photo taken at Belle Vue?
     
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    Quick Google found this:

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    goldfish Resident of Nat Pres

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    Seeing this thread reminded me how sad I was to find out the Bassett Lowke shop on High Holborn is now a McDonalds… for ages I assumed it had been the old Beatties shop near New Oxford St, now also disappeared, but apparently Beatties had moved from the old B-L shop a while before.

    Simon
     
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    Belle Vue had both a Barnes Atlantic (as per the photo) and a Bassett-Lowke class 30, no less than "Synolda" in the case of the latter. I can't remember which Barnes it was, a friend of mine drove them in the 70s.
     
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    According to Robin Butterell's 'Miniature Railways' the Barnes Atlantic was #103 "Railway Queen" formerly "Billie" of 1924.
    Ray.
     
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    Who built the loco's

    I understand that Bassett Lowke didn't do much/any manufacturing themselves
     
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    Bassett-Lowke built the locos in Northampton, some of the boilers were by William Allchin in the same town
     

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