Five Ruston & Hornsby 0‑6‑0DEs were ordered by the Western Region for use in replacing 60ft track panels with continuously welded rail. They were designed so that they could be hauled from depots to work sites in permanent way trains where the traction motor would be re-engaged to enable them to shunt wagons. The ‘PWMs’ were never part of the capital stock list and were only ever allocated to Departmental duties. EWS withdrew the final two, 97651 and 97654, in 1998.
Our tooling will only cover PWM651-654 (97651-97654), which were delivered in 1959. The pioneer, PWM650 (97650), built in 1953, had smaller wheels and other differences.
The tooling is being split three ways:
Work started in August 2019 – Paul and Peter Martin graciously allowed Model Rail’s Richard Foster and Heljan’s Ben Jones to measure and photograph their PWM651 at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway.
Final specifications have yet to be finalised, but it’s hoped that the ‘PWM’ will have a Next18 DCC decoder socket, factory‑fitted speaker, and interior lights.
Prices have yet to be confirmed and we’ll let you know when the order book opens. It’s hoped that the ‘PWM’ will hit the shelves during 2021.
As seen below the first pair of Decorated Samples were receievd in July following artwork being approved earlier in 2021 and the first Engineering Prototype samples having been received in July 2020.
‘PWM’ SAMPLES UNDER TEST
A pair of decorated samples of our Ruston ‘PWM’ 0-6-0DE arrived in late July, just before we went to press. Rigorous mechanical and electrical testing has already begun, hence why these models are showing a few bumps and scrapes. This project is running in partnership with Kernow MRC and Heljan, with a variety of BR and industrial liveries being offered in both pristine and weathered condition. More information will follow soon but, before then, there are still a few minor tweaks to be made and other livery samples to inspect before production can begin. Keep an eye out for more developments in future issues of Model Rail.