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CSP01 Avonside Class B3 0-6-0ST

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The Avonside B3 class was one of the most prolific of the Avonside designs. No fewer than 59 were constructed between 1906 and 1926. The Mersey Docks and Harbour Board operated 26 of these locomotives. In fact, the Avonside code word for this class was "Mersey". Other industrial concerns (collieries etc.) throughout the country also operated B3's. Several were to be found in Lancashire and especially in the South Wales coalfields. Detail differences exist between different locos, it was  hardly surprising for a class built over 20 years. Early locos had wooden buffer beams but on later examples these were steel. Thankfully, several B3's survived into preservation. One member, "Sir John", survived as a working loco into the early 1970's at the NCB's Colliery in Mountain Ash, South Wales. This loco is currently preserved on the Gwili Railway. A variety of liveries was carried. Green was common, with red rods. Many others were black and some were crimson. This is a great starter loco kit, easy to build and with plenty of opportunities to use it in numerous freelance layouts.
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