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NS class 4300

Introduction - WD Austerity 2-8-0 NS Class 4300

According to my personal records I bought this ready-to-run model by Bachmann on a model train fair in 2009 for the modest price of €50. Some later I acquired a detailing set focussing on the improvement of the cab by Dido Railway Models which is currently sold out (2018).

This set contains

  • rear cab sheet with windows
  • sliding side windows
  • tender doors
  • tender fall plate

Once I started studying the prototype if found many more differences than the little kit provided for. This sparked a search for other details to "Dutchify" the UK outline model.

  • Elongated smoke stack
  • Ladder to the clack valve on the right hand side [2] 235
  • Dutch head lamps
  • Dutch top head lamp iron on the smokebox door
  • Three Dutch head lamp irons on the rear of the tender
  • Two rear end lamp irons on the smokebox and on the tender each, see [3], 152, 153
  • Removal of the bottom middle head lamp iron
  • European coupler hooks
  • Air hoses, one on each buffer beam close to the coupler hook (right if seen from front)
  • Buffer beam ladders
  • Remove pipe below handrail on left boiler side (?), see [1] 120, 136, 161
  • Tool chest and fireman's iron rack on the right side of the tender, see [3], 138
  • Pipe leading to one single air hose, see[3], 175
  • Change the number to NS 4444 *)

 

*) This is not strictly necessary, but I have a weak spot for quadruple numbers so I will grab the opportunity since this loco actually existed just like the 1111 (steamm locomotive and electric locomotive), 2222 (diesel locomotive and FLIRT trainset) and the 5555 (steam locomotive)

References

[1] De laatste stoomlocomotief , 29, 78, 88, 120

[2] Onze Nederlandsse stoomlocomotieven in woord en beeld

[3]  Stoom tractie bij de Nederlandse Spoorwegen 1945-1958, 4, 50, 51, 59, 64, 69, 76, 99, 103, 135, 138, 140, 141, 147, 152, 153, 156, 159, 175, 177, 195, 216

Status of the project

12 May 2018

Much of the detailing has been completed. Currently awaiting decals

2 April 2018

The project is in the start-up phase. Parts are being collected