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it does look a little rough inside..
Thank you for your efforts..
Further info, Phil, from the HRCA site.
"The use of a square brass bar for the footplate valance is a feature of the Leinster loco kits I have made (see photo). However, the Leinster catalogue does not feature this type of loco; but it does point toward an older scratch build.
"It seems to have been established that Gordon's locomotive is a 'one off' model. The Midland/LMSR compounds were attractive prototypes for individual, independent, modellers, and for commercial makers too: both Meccano Ltd. and Bassett-Lowke mass produced good representations in '0' gauge , and I believe that Trix also made an '00' version.
One can see why the engine would be popular both with individual model makers and with manufacturers. It became the dominant engine type in the early years of the LMSR (i.e. in the early/mid 1920s), and production of new (full size) engines continued until (I believe) 1932/1933, when Mr William Stanier arrived from Swindon and called a halt! (By then, of course, the 'Royal Scots' had been introduced.)
The engines had been ideal for the - successful - Midland Railway policy of running frequent, fast, and not very heavy trains between the major cities on its network (e.g. London, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby, Manchester, Sheffield/Rotherham, Leeds, Birmingham, etc.). The compounds might have gone on for even longer had not higher authority intervened! For modellers, the engines had the advantages of being handsome and topical - and, having only 4 coupled wheels and a bogie, of being able to negotiate curves of quite small radius.