The Gigantic Locomotive Association has launched a public appeal for £5000 to build a replica Bassett-Lowke 15in Gauge Class 60 Pacific locomotive, which once ran on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.
The Class 60 was a development from the earlier Class 10, 20 and 30 Atlantics built by the company. Bassett-Lowke built one Class 60, in 1914, and it was also the second Pacific built in Britain after Churchward’s unique GWR No. 111 The Great Bear.
A crowdfunding page has been set up to fund the replication of the 1914 locomotive, which was originally named John Anthony and later Colossus.
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It was ordered for a miniature line at Staughton Manor, a Grade II listed building at Great Staughton in Cambridgeshire, but never arrived there.
Instead, it was bought by the RER for which it hauled trains between 1916-27.
Sadly, it was dismantled with some components used in the construction of another locomotive, with those left over scrapped.
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