I think it is probably time I got a new thread going dedicated solely to my little pet project the West Wales and Midlands Union Railway. Basically it is an amalgamation of companies and routes stretching from Northamptonshire to Pyle via Worcester and Cardiff for the main purposes of bringing iron ore to the Welsh ironworks. At some point I will probably create a blog to legitimise the "fluff" and history. For now the dirty task of manufacturing the physical products in OO will do. I have had a few projects on the go for this but I suppose the most fitting one to start with is my most recent. In anticipation of this scheme I have bought up a good deal of hornby 0 4 0s in various states and researched a suitable copycat scheme which I believe I have found in the LNWR 4 foot shunter. The hornby chassis shares a good deal of similar dimensions with the 4 foot tanks and with a mild amount of surgery the chassis can be cut down to a reasonable size without compromising the motor mount. The projected loco is an 0 4 0 saddle tank shunting class built from the 1860s by a WW&MUR predecessor, the Oxfordshire and Northants who, by providing the first of the Union's chief Loco engineers, allowed the design to continue being built after the amalgamation. I have three initial variants which I want to try to construct; as built with a small weatherboard and unbraked, fitted with a small cab and unbraked, and finally fitted with a small cab and Westinghouse braked. I am attempting to tackle the as built design first as the prototype and here is my progress. I still haven't finalised the classification system for locos on the WW&MU yet mainly because I havent thought up enough individual designs, therefore for the time being I am temporally dubbing this family of locos the Desmond class. Feel free to ask anything about the loco or indeed the overall scheme hatchery for the WW&MUR. Im pretty open to comments, criticisms or just general bamter about why an impoverished millenial would want to model the most ill catered for period of railway modelling there is, let alone a freelanced company which practically needs creating from the ground up!