Clark Railworks are proud to announce our first Finescale OO Gauge 1:76.2 - 4mm scale steam locomotive. The War Department Austerity 2-10-0.
When we entered the market with the OO Quads, we said we wanted to make an impact. That’s the exact reason for choosing a loco as striking and impressive as the WD 2-10-0.
As you can see from the CADs, and just like the Black 5 in O gauge, the detailing and quality of components was of paramount importance - as I’m sure you can see from the multitude of pipes, separately fitted parts and underside detailing.
DCC Ready models are priced at £295, with DCC sound models TBA, but expected to be around £395 - £425. We expect to have the first batch in stock for Q2 2025.
The model has been fully designed and engineered in the UK and will feature a high quality coreless motor and a high quality gear train, alongside catering for left and right hand drive variants, we will also be producing a range of liveries including LMR Blue, WD Khaki Green, BR Black Early & Late Crest, and Brunswick Green.
We would like to express our sincerest thanks to the M&GN Society, North Norfolk Railway, Severn Valley Railway and Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for their invaluable support and assistance with this mammoth project.
All versions are available for free pre-order now at www.clarkrailworks.com
The range of locomotives are available to pre-order through the website, by email or over the phone, with no deposits or upfront payments necessary.
Once in stock, we will ring or email to take payment, and organise dispatch/collection.
Please Note: The pictures are CAD renders of various models, in order to show the detail levels.
A Short History of the WD 2-10-0 Austerity
The 'Austerity' 2-10-0 locomotives were developed from the 2-8-0 ‘WD’ locomotives by Robert Arthur ‘Robin’ Riddles for the Ministry of Supply. They were intended for use by the British Army overseas during and after World War 2. Two batches were built by the North British Locomotive Company at a cost of £12,500 each. The first batch of 100 were delivered between 1943 and 1944, whilst the second batch of 50 were delivered in 1945.
The design for the 2-10-0 was started in 1942. The brief was to be easy to prepare for work, easy to maintain and drive, and to be efficient. The locomotives were designed as a military tool and it was reported that Sir Alan Mount, the then Chief Inspecting Officer for Rail, had clearly stated that they weren’t to be used on Britain’s railways. Riddles retorted that he did not care if the engines were pushed into the sea once the war was won! With Nationalisation in 1948, the British Transport Commission decided to purchase 25 of the 2-10-0s that were still owned by the War Department. These were officially listed as running stock in December 1948, although most were kept in store until 1949-50. These BR examples were allocated to LMS sheds, mainly in Scotland; and survived until withdrawals between 1961 and 1962.
Of the original batch of 100, one was allocated to the Longmoor Military Railway, and 20 were shipped out to the Middle East. The LMS received the remaining 79 until they were needed in continental Europe in late 1944. The second batch of 50 entered service between March and September 1945 to bolster the fleet.
After the war 103 engines were sent to the Netherlands and reclassified as NS 5000 Class and operated by Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), 25 came back to the UK under British Railways ownership, 16 were bought by Hellenic State Railways (SEK) in Greece, known as SEK Class Λβ. Four ended up in Syria working for the Chemins de Fer Syriens (CFS) and known as CFS Class 150.6 and the final two, ‘600’ ‘Gordon’ and’ 601’ ‘ Kitchener’, resided at the Longmoor Military Railway.
Of the 150 locomotives built eight survive today. Not surprisingly the majority of the surviving 2-10-0’s are Greek examples, of which 2 have been brought back to the UK, bringing the total on UK soil to three. Both Λβ951 and Λβ960, better known in the UK as ‘90775’ ‘The Royal Norfolk Regiment’ and ‘3672’ ‘Dame Vera Lynn’, were fortunate enough to be repatriated and join ex- LMR ‘600’ ‘Gordon’ back on home turf. ‘90775’ can be found hauling passengers through the picturesque views of north Norfolk on the North Norfolk Railway. It is currently the only operational UK based 2-10-0. ‘600’ ‘Gordon’ takes pride of place in the Engine House at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway where the locomotive can be seen up close. Finally ‘3672’ is currently undergoing a major refurbishment at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway having just received an overhauled tender.
Overseas the 5 Ex-pat WDs are in various states of repair. Λβ955 (3656), Λβ962 (3677), Λβ964 (3682) and Λβ958 (3659) are all stored in various states internally and externally in Thessaloniki - Greece, having operated on the Drama to Xanthi line. However, ‘73755’ is the sole surviving Dutch example that is proudly displayed in the Nederlands Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht, currently in WD khaki green and was the 1000th WD locomotive to reach the continent.
Acknowledgement & Thanks
We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway Society (M&GN), the volunteers and staff at the North Norfolk Railway, Ian Foot and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, The Severn Valley Railway (SVR) and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (KWVR).
Without their invaluable help and passion for their respective engines, this project would not have been what it is.
DCC Sound - TBA (Expected to be around £395 - £425)
(Pre-order with no upfront payments)
WD Khaki Green
Longmoor Military Railway Blue
BR Black Early Crest
BR Black Late Crest
WD 2-10-0 Austerity
Below is a chart with the full range of WD 2-10-0 Austerity available