Model success for Dinmore Manor locomotive
· Cheques totalling £22,500 boost preservation projects
· Model maker Dapol supports Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd and GWSR
· 500 limited-edition ‘00’ gauge models of the real thing
L-R Mike Solloway, David Holmes (DMLL), Richard Webster (Dapol) Kenneth Sims (DMLL) Richard Winstanley (GWSR), Joel Bright (Dapol) David Foster (DMLL) (pic Jack Boskett)
Kenneth Sims receives a very large cheque from Richard Webster, head of product development at Dapol (pic Jack Boskett)
Model perfection: the Dapol 00-gauge model can be ordered with a sound card that was recoreded from the locomotive
25 January 2023: Thanks to the generosity of British model railway manufacturer Dapol, both the Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd and the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) have received significant financial boosts.
The presentation, totalling £22,500, was made on 19th January at Toddington station by Joel Bright, managing director and Richard Webster, head of product development of Dapol Model Railway Company, which has produced a magnificent ‘00’ gauge limited-edition model of locomotive 7820 Dinmore Manor. The real locomotive is a poplar member of the Cotswold railway’s steam locomotive fleet and the model has proved its popularity amongst railway modellers too.
Cheques for £12,500 for Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd and £10,000 for the GWSR, were presented respectively to Kenneth Sims, Chairman of Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd and to Richard Winstanley, Finance Director of GWSR Plc.
Just 500 examples of the model have been produced by the company. The model options include a sound card-equipped version which was recorded on the GWSR of the sounds made by the real locomotive. The model appears in British Railways lined black (the livery Dinmore Manor first carried when built at Swindon in 1950 and carries today). Other model options include DCC ready and DCC fitted (without sound).
Dinmore Manor came to the GWSR in 2014 and has been a popular and reliable member of the locomotive fleet ever since, enjoyed by both visitors to the railway and the volunteers who maintain and run the engine.
Joel Bright, managing director of Dapol said: “Dapol has been proud to be involved with this exciting project and we have enjoyed working closely with the GWSR to produce this outstanding model.
“I hope that our donations will contribute to the success of both the locomotive group and the railway.
“The reputation of our company has certainly been enhanced by this project and I hope that we can co-operate in other projects in future.”
Kenneth Sims, in thanking Dapol for their generosity, added: “I’m thrilled that this co-operation has been a commercial success for Dapol and that so many people share our enthusiasm for Dinmore Manor by buying examples of this quite superbly detailed model.
“This generous contribution is likely to go towards completing the restoration of our other locomotive, heavy freight 2-8-0 no. 3850, work on which has been progressing well,” he added.
Added Richard Winstanley: “I am thrilled to receive this wonderful contribution towards the continuing development of our railway. Dinmore Manor is a wonderful locomotive and I’m deeply grateful for the fruitful way that this imaginative relationship has benefited Dapol, Dinmore Manor and the GWSR.”
There are only a few of the limited-edition models remaining and to get one go to the Dapol online shop: https://www.dapol.co.uk/collections/steam-locomotives-2?q=Dinmore+Manor/ or telephone 01691 774 455.
Dinmore Manor was the first of the Manor class 4-6-0 locomotives built at Swindon works by British Railways, to a Great Western Railway design, following interruption of production by the Second World War. The class was particularly associated with the challenging Cambrian coast route between Shrewsbury and the Welsh west coast, handling express trains such as the Cambrian Coast Express to Welsh resorts. Since being rescued from a scrapyard and restored to service, the engine has not only worked on the GWSR but has visited a number of other heritage railways across the UK, acting as an ambassador for the GWSR and growing in popularity.
Added Kenneth Sims: “That popularity has now been cemented by Dapol’s magnificent model which will enhance model railway layouts across the UK.”
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway resumes train services for the 2023 season on Saturday 4th March.
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ABOUT DINMORE MANOR LOCOMOTIVE LTD
Formed in 1983 to purchase British Railways (W) Manor class 7820 Dinmore Manor from the Gwilli Railway for use on the West Somerset Railway, the Dinmore Manor Fund completed the restoration of the engine in 1995 and shortly after joined with the 3850 Preservation Society to form today’s Dinmore Manor Locomotive Limited (DMLL).
‘Dinmore Manor’ returned to traffic following overhaul in 2014, this time at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. DMLL has subsequently made its home at Toddington on the GWSR, and after a brief visit for a gala in 2014 to bring the engines together for the first time, 3850 retired there at the end of its ticket in 2015 before it was stripped down for heavy overhaul which is due for completion in 2023.
7820 ‘Dinmore Manor’ continues in regular service at the GWSR and is popular performer amongst crews and public alike, although it has also made frequent short and longer visits away to many of the UK’s premiere preserved railways, including its former long-term home, the West Somerset Railway.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) is today one of the UK’s leading heritage railways and a major attraction in the Cotswolds. It operates over 14 miles between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway on part of the former Great Western Railway main line between Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham, providing a direct link between the industrialised West Midlands and Bristol, the West Country and South Wales. The line closed in 1976 and the track and infrastructure had been removed by British Railways by 1980. GWSR Plc was formed in 1981 to acquire the line and occupied a derelict Toddington station yard, steadily rebuilding the railway and its stations, firstly southwards reaching Cheltenham Racecourse in 2003 and north to Broadway in 2018, entirely by volunteer effort. The railway operates both steam and heritage diesel locomotives and resumes operation for the 2023 season on Saturday 4 March.