A New Start

 

Welcome to the very first blog post on the new SLC website.

Hopefully the new website is clearer and looks nicer. I’ve also changed over the hosting of the add-on’s, so it should be easier to get hold of your add-on’s, once you’ve purchased.

I’m very excited in this first post to be revealing the next add-on that I’ll be releasing. Just a heads-up, sadly it’s not the ‘Lord Nelson’ class. The ‘Nelsons’ will, however, be the next add-on I’ll be working on. I was waiting for the opportunity to get some more info on the class and rather than waiting around, I decided to start on an add-on that would tie me over until I could get the information on the ‘Nelsons’, which I now have.

In 1899 Dugald Drummond, Locomotive Superintendent of the London & South Western Railway (LSWR) introduced what became probably his most famous and best loved locomotive design. Nicknamed ‘Greyhounds’, these 4-4-0s were quintessentially Drummond. Beautiful in design, relatively simple, but with a bit of a bite if the fireman wasn’t careful, they are of course the LSWR Drummond ‘T9’ 4-4-0.

While the add-on is still very much in developement, it is at a far enough advanced state that I can show off a couple of screenshots.

The focus of the add-on is on the class post-superheating. As with the N15 ‘Scotchmen’ add-on, I hope to include as many variations as I can. Both wide and narrow cab variants will be included as well as the varying weights between the different batches, plus a host of other variations.

Initially I’m planning on releasing just the Drummond 4,000 gallon ‘watercart’ tender. The 13′ and 14′ wheelbase 3500 gallon tenders will be released at a later date.

The ‘T9s’ aren’t quite a clean break from the Maunsell influence that I’ve had over the past years, being a Drummond designed class, but there is a Maunsell element to the locomotives. Post October 1924, the Maunsell superheater became the standard fitting for the class. In addition all of the chimney, sandbox and lamp iron modifications took place during Maunsell’s tenure as CME.

I hope to have the add-on released ASAP, so keep an eye on the blog and youtube channel for the latest info.

Until next time …

James