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Now preserved, restored to servicable condition and based at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre Isebrook had an interesting life... Sentinel works number 6515 built in 1926 was sent to Swindon for testing by the Great Western as GWR No12. The loco was fitted with vacuum train brakes and steam carriage warming connections for trials in branch line service on the Malmesbury branch, where 12 proved to be underpowered. She was returned to Sentinels at Shrewsbury where a larger boiler was fitted, being tested on the nearby Shropshire & Montgomeryshire line before returning for further trails on the Malmesbury line, now able to attain 38mph with the branch train of three 4-wheel coaches, but lacking the additional power available from a conventional 517 class 0-4-2T for hauling additional traffic. The loco was also tested on light shunting duties at the GWRs Brentford goods yard in London, however proved to have little advantage over the Motor-Rail Simplex petrol-mechanical locos already working in some engineering depots on similar duties. 6515 was returned to Sentinels in 1927 and used as the works shunter at Shrewsbury for many years, with a further 'mainline' trial with the LMS in 1929. In October 1934 Sentinel 6515 was sold for to Thomas E Grey Ltd. for industrial service at Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire as number 2, named after the nearby town of Isebrook. The loco worked until 1958 when a more modern Sentinel was purchased as a replacement, following which 6515s boiler and drive line parts were removed and the chassis was used as a brake van until condemned in 1972. The chassis and remaining mechanicals were purchased for preservation and 6515 arrived at the Quainton Road base of the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre on May 31st 1972. Restoration of the locomotive progressed over seven years, requiring a reconditioned boiler and engine unit in addition to replacement of much of the body and pipework, culminating in the successful steaming on August 26th, 1979. To allow 6515 to be used on passenger trains vacuum train brake equipment has been reinstated and 6515 has operated on several heritage railways in addition to performing demonstration duties at Quainton Road. Isebrook was withdrawn for overhaul again in 2013 (latest information shown on the BRC website). 

 Model Features

  • Die-cast running plate
  • Die-cast chassis
  • Die-cast profiled wheels
  • High level of separately applied detail
  • Glowing fire effect
  • Removable cab roof for ease of fitting and posing crew figures
  • Sprung metal buffers and articulated screw coupling
  • DCC Ready (21 pin decoder required). DCC fitted and DCC sound options available.

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