Thursday, 1 January 2015

'Crompton' - In Numbers

Following correspondence during 2014 via the NGRM Online Forum I measured up the vital statistics of the 18" gauge Atlantic 'Crompton' at Cleethorpes for a gentleman planning a model of the New Brighton miniature railway in 6mm/ft scale.

'Crompton' was built to the order of Tommy Mann by David Curwen Ltd, notably after the founder had left the company.  An enlarged version of the 10 1/4" gauge Atlantics supplied by Curwen, it somehow lost the careful proportions of the originals in translation to the larger scale.

After many years in storage the remains of the loco arrived at Cleethorpes in 2005 for the centenary of seaside miniature railways and have remained in store there ever since.  After some time stored at the back of the shed they were moved in May 2014 to a more accessible location:

'Crompton's Dimensions - Locomotive:
  • Front bufferbeam to rear of footplate: 147”
  • Width of front bufferbeam/rear footplate: 40”
  • Length of rear footplate: 26”
  • Length of boiler (front of smokebox to rear of firebox): 114”
  • Length of firebox: 21”
  • Width of firebox: 20”
  • Height of firebox: 33”
  • Length of smokebox: 27”
  • Diameter of smokebox: 23 ½“
  • Width of smokebox saddle: 14”
  • Length of smokebox saddle: 17”
  • Depth of frame plates: 12”
  • Driving wheel diameter: 21”
  • Driving wheelbase: 30”
  • Bogie (and trailing) wheel diameter: 11”
  • Bogie wheelbase: 21”
  • Wheelbase (front bogie wheel to rear driving wheel): 87”
  • Cylinder length (external): 10 ½“
  • Cylinder diameter (external): 8”
Tender (Frame):
  • Length: 88”
  • Width: 40”
  • Depth of frame plates: 12”
  • Wheelbase: 47”
All dimensions recorded at CCLR 11/05/2014 by Colin Peake

Sadly, due to change of ownership at the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, the remains of 'Crompton' left the railway on 15th August 2014 for storage at a private location.  Sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time...


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