Armstrong Whitworth Demonstrator

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Armstrong Whitworth Demonstrator

Postby High Level Kits » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:39 pm

Our next 4mm scale kit will be for the Armstrong Whitworth 95hp diesel electric, built in 1932 as a demonstrator but destined to remain the only one of its type.


This lightweight locomotive could be driven either from the cab or by a man standing on the running board at either side, which facilitated one-man operation on shunting duties. An early photograph shows D10 fitted with a simple cab roof but it acquired a fully enclosed cab before being sent to run trials at a number of locations – Appleby Frodingham steelworks in Lincolnshire, Lyons’ confectionary factory at Greenford, Middlesex and Dunston power station on the banks of the Tyne, just across the river from the factory where it was built.


For several months in 1933, D10 – or ‘The Mangle’ as it was affectionately known – worked passenger and goods trains on the 4½-mile North Sunderland Railway between Chathill and Seahouses. Its roomy cab offered the crew some protection from the worst of the weather coming in from the North Sea. Its top speed – a sprightly 27mph – proved useful but the fact that the locomotive had no provision for train braking seemed to have evaded the Board of Trade inspectors.


D10 spent most of its career as the resident shunter at Armstrong Whitworth's Scotswood Works. It could easily shift a load of 200 tons, the equivalent of 10 loaded 12T coal wagons. The large, fully enclosed cab with which it had run trials reverted to a simple open-sided structure that gave better all-round visibility. Both cab types are possible with this kit.
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nberrington
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Re: Armstrong Whitworth Demonstrator

Postby nberrington » Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:01 pm

So ugly it’s beautiful. Love the shunter riding along on the footboard!

nigelcliffe
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Re: Armstrong Whitworth Demonstrator

Postby nigelcliffe » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:26 pm

The models are rather nice - or they will be if assembled like the test examples Chris had at Workshop Wise in Northumberland a few weeks ago.

From a very quick measuring, there is room for sound chip, speaker, etc.. in the bonnet area.


- Nigel

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Re: Armstrong Whitworth Demonstrator

Postby Armchair Modeller » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:36 pm

I have always had a fascination with this loco since I saw a copy of the lower photo in 'Railway Wonders of the World', in my youth. Great that the kit is finally in production!


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