A Garratt In Miniature
Why not!… You can’t really get much bigger than a narrow gauge Garratt in 5″ gauge and thinking of the long term, I needed a big project to get stuck into – something that would challenge me and allow me to learn new skills along the way.
I’ve had a short list for several years now…
*Welsh Highland Railway, Russell 2-6-2 (Hunslet)
*Tasmanian Railways, K1 Garratt 0-4-0 + 0-4-0 (Beyer Peacock)
*Lynton And Barnstable Railway, Lyn, 2-6-2 (Manning Wardle)
All had their pros and cons, but ultimately, it kept coming back to the NGG16, the elegant and powerful South African 2′ Garratt. For those not familiar with the 16, it’s a 2-6-2 + 2-6-2 Beyer Peacock Garratt, built right here in the Northwest of England in Manchester. Many 16’s can still be seen operating in South Africa and there are currently 3 working example over at the Welsh Highland Railway in Caernarfon. We even have one being restored in my hometown!