Oxford Rail 'Dean Goods' 0-6-0 ('OO')

Oxford Rail's 'Dean Goods' 0-6-0, reviewed in MR240. JACQUES PORTAL

Oxford Rail's 'Dean Goods' 0-6-0, reviewed in MR240. JACQUES PORTAL

This is Oxford Rail’s ‘Dean Goods’ and it’s a model that divides opinion. Is it the perfect model that combines good looks, modern manufacturing processes and technology at a price that’s more affordable? Or does it have one compromise too many? Let’s find out…

It’s easy to assume that Great Western Railway locomotives are all identical, thanks to its standardisation policy. That’s not the case and the ‘Dean Goods’ - admittedly it dates from before the GWR’s policy - is an absolute minefield of boiler types, wheel diameters and tenders.
Mainline selected the typical ‘Dean Goods’ for its 1982 model. If you’ve ever seen preserved ‘Dean Goods’ No. 2516 in Swindon (either in STEAM or the old Faringdon Road museum), that’s pretty much what Mainline’s model looked like. It was good for its day but was let down by the tender drive and the huge heap of coal that was a necessity to cover the motor.

The time was ripe for a new ‘Dean Goods’ to modern specs and Oxford Rail accepted the challenge. It announced three initial liveries: BR unlined black, GWR unlined green and the ornate lined garter livery. The latter is the first ‘Dean Goods’ to hit the shelves and that’s the model, depicting No. 2309, we have to review...

Find out more in MR240 - OUT SEPTEMBER 21