Bachmann 32-136. Class 4575 Prairie Tank '5555' Great Western Green. 00 gauge.
Mildly weathered, and in well-presented oily rag finish, especially on tank sides. Free running loco, ideal for maid of all work branch line use. Real coal in bunker, and fire irons in brass wire on fireman's side tank top: one is a small shovel.
A smart little locomotive for branch line use, probably kept for a week at a time away from its main shed, and looked after locally during the week at the branch shed - rather like St Ives, and thus kept nicely maintained and polished up by the night shift shed man, his seeing to it that the loco was ready for work in the morning when the early shift crew turned up; a past way of working when life was lived at a slower pace; hence the idea in mind when I set to work on 5555 for some bucolic GWR scenario. She runs nicely and quietly about her work, having been serviced before being put up for sale, sold as used, but like most of my stock has spent years of inactivity in the box which has a little bit of shelf wear around the edges, paperwork enclosed in box. I have made from brass wire two fire irons, one of which is a small shovel in plasticard with brass wire handle, these are fixed upon the fireman's side tank top, and can just be seen in two of the photographs. Real coal in the bunker. Overall a nice little loco in oily rag finish, especially upon the tank sides, but with subtle evidence of daily work. Analogue of course; but DCC could be fitted if you are so inclined.