So what are the options? Ruling out the earlier Bassett-Lowke class 10 and 20 'Little Giants' on size (I've already blown the class 30 drawings up to 7.5mm scale), there are three key options to consider in outline:
1) Bassett-Lowke Class 30 outline, - 'Synolda' or 'Count Louis'...
|'Synolda' on a visit to the Kirklees Light Railway|
|'Count Louis' at the Evesham Vale Light Railway|
2) Clayton/Cannon Iron Foundries/Hunt outline - 'Sutton Belle' or 'Sutton Flyer'...
|'Belle' and 'Flyer' with authentic stock at Cleethorpes|
3) Barnes 'Albion' outline - 'Joan', 'John' etc
|'John' at the Evesham Vale Light Railway|
4) The outsider - the 'freelance' approach...
It isn't inconceivable that a miniature railway operator could have built a loco themselves, perhaps like Douglas Clayton they bought the castings and drawings from Bassett-Lowke and slowly built it over a period of time? We have no idea how many other sets of 15" Atlantic castings Bassett-Lowke sold that were never built, there may have been many, or simply none. Or perhaps a complete new build?
|Austin Moss' Atlantic project at Windmill Farm|