Midland Railway locomotive 1632 (Georges Carette)

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
Exhibit

Midland Railway locomotive 1632 (Georges Carette)

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location:
Arch Three , Area 30
Classic Locomotives (display)
Shelf 2
1911 Carette catalogue entry, describing GNR, LNWR and Midland Railway versions of the loco, and picturing the "LNWR 513" version

1911 Carette catalogue entry, describing GNR, LNWR and Midland Railway versions of the loco, and picturing the "LNWR 513" version [image info]

A brown gauge 0 lithographed model Midland Railway 4-4-0 locomotive and tender, number 1632, made by Georges Carette circa ~1906.

Markings

The model is pretty unusual for a Carette piece aimed at the British market in that the front of the loco carries Carette's maker's mark of "G.C. & Co." embossed into the gold-coloured metal, beneath the front guardrail.

Most of Carette's pieces aimed at the UK market were commissioned by and sold through Bassett-Lowke Ltd., and as the client, B-L would usually demand that the only manufacturer's branding that appeared on these pieces was theirs.

Georges Carette locomotive 1632 with "G.C. & Co." markings

Popularity

The model was one of Carette's most popular locomotives, and after Carette closed down during WW1, Karl Bub started making essentially the same loco model, but with "KBN" on the front (for "Karl Bub, Nuremberg")}}

The original locomotive

The Midland Railway made sixty-five 1532-Class locomotives in three batches during the 1880s, and number 1632 was the first of the second batch.

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