9659 has been modelled from photographs of the early British Railways period when this November 1946-built engine was still carrying the late GWR livery along with a BR smokebox numberplate. The plate can easily be removed to backdate the model to the last year of the GWR, but the nearly new engine would not have been repainted quickly and is ideal for added variety in livery alongside BR early emblem models.9659 received the later BR crest by 1961, though as the 1946 paint finish would last at least 10 years it is quite likely number 9659 proclaimed its' GWR heritage until the post-1956 livery was applied.
This new Dapol model of the GWR 57xx class features a diecast metal chassis and running plate for excellent adhesion and a smooth running 5-pole motor geared for fine speed control when shunting. A large number of detail parts have been designed to allow body and cab variations to be replicated, including those engines modified for London Transports' Metropolitan line gauge. Between the frames is a partial representation of working inside motion while the fully detailed cab interior is found below a roof secured by small magnets, making easy access for fitting a crew and working cab doors are fitted where appropriate. Below the footplate the visible sides of the ashpan have been modelled, along with correct style of brake rods.
9659 was completed at Swindon in November 1946 and would have carried the G W R lettering from new until repainted after nationalisation. Sent to the GWRs main London shed at Old Oak Common 9659 remained based at that shed throughout its working life. Although recorded as withdrawn from Southall in June 1965 this shed was often used to store London division engines 'awaiting decision'; 9659 probably performed her last days' work from Old Oak.
The 8750 class can be distinguished from the 5700 class by the totally enclosed larger cab. Whistle shields and bunker steps with handrails were added from 1936. A new water feed was introduced in 1942 with the clack valves being fitted inside a case on top of the boiler in front of the dome, which became standard for builds after 1944. Between 1956 and 1963, thirteen 5700 locomotives were sold to the London Transport being painted in the attractive lined red livery. The NCB bought five 5700 locomotives between 1959 and 1965, with number 7754 still working in 1975.
Last of class withdrawn: 1966. Preserved examples: 3650, 3738, 4612, 5764/L95, 5775/L89, 5786/L92, 7714, 7715/L99, 7752/L94, 7754, 7760/L90, 9600, 9629, 9642, 9681, 9682
Features of the 57XX & 8750 panniers include:
- Die cast Chassis and footplate for excellent adhesion and pulling power
- Powerful 5 pole motor providing fine power control
- Beautifully detailed body with correct body type variations applied where relevant with many separately added details
- Partial representation of working inside motion and many other exquisite fine details
- Four cabs for original 57XX, Later 57XX, 8750 Collett cab and London Transport cab
- Sprung Buffers
- Removable roof, secured with magnets for ease of fitting engine crew
- Working cab doors, where fitted
- Flickering fire box glow
- Ash pan with correct double brake rodding
- Expertly applied livery
- Wheels conform to the new O Gauge standard, suitable for O Super Fine
- DCC Ready with a 21 pin decoder socket
- Sound fitted versions offered