TBLR locomotives that have been withdrawn from service or sold on to another railway.
2-6-0 Tank Loco No.4
This locomotive has never seen active service. It is a model of a Kerr Stuart loco (works No.836) built in 1903 for the Tralee and Dingle Light Railway. It took its number from the original T&D No.4, a 0-4-2T. It was never liked by the T&D crews and spent most of its time on the T&D lurking at the back of Tralee shed. Following its transfer to the Cavan and Leitrim section in 1941, the loco was given plenty of work to do, and was scrapped in 1959 on closure of the line.
Back in the early 1990s, when I ran SMD Models, the loco was built as a pre-production prototype for a model that was never produced. The body work was made from Plastikard with a cardboard tube for the boiler. The chassis is a modified Bachmann Battery Big Hauler 4-6-0, a faulty non-runner.
It had been in my attic for over 20 years, but in the summer of 2014, I decided to put it in the burnt out loco shed and watch it gently decay outdoors. Adding the authentic rust has really enhanced its dilapidated appearance. The locomotive has survived three winters outdoors so far: the cardboard boiler is holding up very well, the several coats of paint and the rust must be holding it together.
Regner 0-4-0 Tram Loco 'Otto'
I purchased this Regner tram loco in January 2014 with a view to converting it to a Giant's Causeway Tramway loco. I thought its small size and the vertical boiler would make it ideal for this purpose.
The very solid and well constructed bodywork however, could not be easily adapted and would have to be discarded in favour of a scratch built body; in addition, the single oscillating cylinder it was fitted with, meant it was not a self starter, but needed a flick of the flywheel to get it moving.
I was rather put off the project due to these two issues, so I sold the loco in August 2014. Apart from a couple of trial runs, the loco did not see any active service on the TBLR.
Accucraft 0-4-0 Live Steam Loco 'Dora'
Accucraft 'Dora', is gas fired and features a twin cylinder oscillating engine.
The loco was to be the basis of TBLR Number 7, a model of a famous wooden bodied tram loco; following a rethink, I no longer plan to go ahead with the project, and 'Dora' is now surplus to requirements and will be sold on.
0-4-0 Live Steam Tram Loco TBLR No.8
This was a model of a Kitson Heavy Compound Tram Engine, similar to two engines that ran on the Castlederg and Victoria Bridge Tramway.
The tram body was built from a kit by Swift Sixteen, it was powered by a Roundhouse Engineering Bertie boiler and chassis unit.
Although the kit is described as a freelance tram engine it is a fairly faithful representation of the prototype, albeit rather overscale.
Being overscale, it proved to be just too big for my railway and it had to go. I sold the complete body to another railway. The boiler and chassis were retained to be rebuilt as a saddle tank loco, the new number 8 - see Locomotives page.