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NS 4329 (ex WD 2-8-0 Austerity)

The prototype

During WWII the Ministry of Supply ordered a fresh stock of locomotives to replenish losses and add to the total needed for the invasion in Europe. Due to the war demands they were kept simple to reduce production and maintenance effort. After the liberation of Europe these loco's remained on the continent in large numbers. To compensate the tremendous losses of own types the NS used large numbers of the Austerities: 237 of the 2-8-0 type and 103 of the 2-10-0 type. Eventually the NS bought many of them (184 and 103 respectively) the others were returned to the UK. The last of the 4300-4500 series was scrapped in february 1958. One example survived. Two were sold to Sweden and ended in the strategical reserve. In the eraly seventies the former NS 4464 was bought back by an English iniative (in England none had survived!) and it has now been restored to working order. The other of the two was scrapped. See http://www.kwvr.co.uk/

No 4475 in Amersfoort with rolling stock being returned from Germany (probably 1946)

The model

This model depicts the WD 2-8-0 in NS green with black lining. I bought it at the Houten fair for €50 only.The compromise is that this model is at 1:76 (OO scale). DJH used to make kits in HO scale but prices of these kits soar to as much as €400. The UK profile is much smaller so the difference is not too conspicuous but it still keeps itching. The preserved 2-10-0 in the national railway museum in Utrecht works really slender compared to the larger profiled Dutch loco's. This effect is lost by the OO size. For the rest it is an excellent model.