By Leslie Tindall
I’ve always like narrow gauge and this engine caught my attention when I rode behind it on the Froissy-Cappy-Dompierre line in France (the engine has since moved on from this location). 100 were built in the USA in 1917 for the British Army in France. I had seen the plans for this type on the 16mm Association web-site, so thought “let’s go for it”.
I was about three days into the start when I realised there was not enough information to continue, so I borrowed Christian Cenac’s excellent book of drawings “60cm Gauge Railways of WW1 In France” from the Narrow Gauge Railway Society. Superb drawings (all in 1/35th scale so re-scaled them on the computer) of the Alco, Baldwin and Kerr Stuart engines. Now I could “crack on”.