New York Central Niagara class

The following photos show a very brief insight into the construction of a giant amongst steam locomotives. That of the superb 1/5th scale model of the New York Central 6019 4-8-4 Niagara class express passenger locomotive, researched and constructed by member and locomotive builder John Wilks at the Stapleford works. The Locomotive has been in service at SMR public days now since summer 1997.

John started construction of the locomotive during the heyday years of the SMR back in 1974. As with all the locomotives at the SMR, it is built to 1/5th scale and 10 1/4″ gauge. 6019 is a replica of the Niagara class, of which all 27 built at ALCO were scrapped by 1956.

It makes a partner to the SMR Berkshire, and both engines often run at the same time on back to back trains with the added bonus of the occasional double headed special!