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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Rebuilt 'Royal Scots'

The two puzzles pictured today, 1st May 2011, feature rebuilt 'Royal Scot' class locomotives.

Pic number one shows 4-6-0 No.6100 Royal Scot in London Midland Scottish (LMS) 'Crimson Lake' livery (which it never actually carried in this rebuilt guise). The original class of parallel boiler class 6P 'Scots' was built by the North British Locomotive Company (50) between 1927 and 1930 and Derby Works (20), three years later; Henry Fowler was the designer. Between 1943 and 1955 the whole class was rebuilt, virtually from scratch, to the design of William Stanier, who had taken over as Chief Mecanical Engineer of the LMS, in 1932. This  work was, however, supervised by Geoge Ivatt as Stanier's expertise was required by the Government for the war effort. The loco in the Hestair 100-piece puzzle (Puzzler 100 series), in restored freshly painted condition, is fronting Bressingham Steam Museum.

The second pic shows the 72-piece, Ponda plywood puzzle, titled Rebuilt 'Royal Scot' 4-6-0 No.46125 3rd Carabinier. The locomotive is liveried in BR 'Brunswick Green' with the early BR (1948-56) 'lion and wheel' motif on the tender. The artist was Vic Welch. The front label on the jigsaw box shows the words "Ian Allan Jigsaw Puzzle" - many Ian Allan jigsaws were (made?and) distributed by Ponda.