Kit No: SL4. Dinorwic Port Class Hunslet 0-4-0ST
The kit requires wheels, gears and motor to complete [at the moment we cannot supply these]
You can download the instructions here…SL4 Dolbadarn – EDM Revised Instructions
The kit represents the last three locomotives supplied by The Hunslet Engine Company Limited to the Dinorwic Slate Quarries, and indeed the last new steam locomotives to be supplied to the
North Wales slate industry. The works numbers, year of manufacture and name/number carried are as follows:
The locos were a development of the well-known Alice class, which were first introduced in 1886. The later locos differed from the Alice class in having a higher-pitched (domed) boiler, full-depth
buffer beams and (luxury) an enclosed cab. The first two, when new, were delivered directly to Port Dinorwic, where they worked the port lines. Michael was delivered new to the quarry, where
it was subsequently joined by the other two locos on transfer from the port. Initially, Michael retained its cab whilst at work in the quarry. Enclosed cabs were unsuitable for use in many parts
of the quarries, due to restricted headroom in tunnels. As a result, the upper halves of the cabs were removed, in about 1950, when transferred to such workings. After removal, the cab tops
were stored at Gilfach Ddu.
When delivered, the locos were fitted with a single ‘banana-shaped’ sprung buffer in the centre of each buffer beam. The single buffers were replaced by a pair of dumb buffers on each beam, when
the locos were transferred to quarry workings. Both of these buffer variants can be accommodated with this kit. When delivered the locos had a short chimney, which they kept throughout their lives, except for No 1. When it was at the Port, No 1 had a long chimney but on transfer to the quarry in the early 1960s it lost its cab and received a short chimney.
Needed to complete are……..
- 2 Romford extended axles (for either 14mm or 16.5mm)
- 2 Romford 12.5mm insulated wheels (RP25)
- 2 Romford 12.5mm plain wheels (RP25);
- Paxolin (copper clad) plus brass or nickel silver wire
- Mashima 1220 motor
- Ultrascale 38:1 gears or Markits gears
The Agenoria Narrow Gauge range of kits was created by Peter Stamper and Jonathon Matthews and released under their `Stourbridge Lion” series.
The range grew to seven kits and a full range of nameplates before other interests diverted attention from the narrow gauge scene.
In 2010 Peter decided to retire and sold the complete Agenoria range. The range ended up with three different homes as the different scale kits ended up with specialist traders in the relevant scale.
EDM Models were delighted to be offered first refusal on the narrow gauge kits and, of course, snapped them up.
The longer term intention is to refresh each kit with currently available motors, gears and wheels and to redesign them with proper working outside frame chassis with some simple springing but we’re only just getting started on that.