Centaur locomotive (100Y)

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
Past Exhibit

Centaur locomotive (100Y)

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Arch Four , Area 36
Shelf 1

[[Category:Locos by digits|]]

A ~32mm-gauge model of the cabless black GWR 2-2-2 early "Centaur" Firefly-Class locomotive from 1841, with black four-wheel tender. The model has a black tender and a brown bed, and has two small white figures onboard.

This is part of a collection that shows the development of early steam locomotive design. The models are all an "approximately 00/HO-gauge sized" mixture of 3.5 and 3mm scale, and broad-gauge locomotives, on 32mm track, and are probably a mix of modified white metal kits and scratch-built parts.

The original locomotive

The Firefly Class of broad-gauge (7' 1/4" track) locomotives were designed by Daniel Gooch for the Great Western Railway, and started being rolled out in 1840. The "Fireflies" have a distinctive rounded square metal firebox and seven-foot drivewheels.

"Centaur" ran from 1841 to 1867, and was built by Nasmyth, Gaskell and Co.

A replica of the original Firefly is kept at Didcot Railway Centre.

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