Hunslet Industrial Shunter


To help celebrate the NGS’s forthcoming 50th anniversary, the Society is producing its first powered ready-to-run offering – a model of the Hunslet industrial 0-6-0 Shunter.  Many of these locomotives were built from the 1960s onwards and saw use in collieries, steel works, refineries, quarries, paper mills and other industrial locations. The last loco was built in 1988 for Caledonian Paper in Irvine and at least 23 still survive in industrial use (with a further 6-10 in preservation).

Model specifications will include:  0-6-0 chassis; low gearing for smooth running; wheels to NMRA standards; DCC ready; NEM coupler sockets.  Were also planning to feature some prototype-specific details such as a working flashing amber warning light on the roof for some models, and additional bonnet details and handrail variations where appropriate.

The price, depending on final costs and prevailing exchange rates, is hoped to be in the region of £75 per model.  Models can now be  pre-ordered (deposit £20 per model), either at, or using the pre-order form published in journals 2/17 and 5/17, for anticipated delivery in the second half of 2018.  Members placing pre-orders will receive a discount of £5.00 off the price.  The cut-off date for eligibility has been extended to a date to be announced once we have more information regarding delivery.

(March 2018 update on pricing:  the current indication, barring any last-minute unforeseen fluctuations, is that the selling price will be £82.  On the basis of this, the pre-order discount has been increased to £7, making a final price of £75 to those members who pay, or have paid, pre-order deposits.)

This model can be pre-ordered, and the deposit paid, online at up until the anticipated cut-off date of 31st December 2018.


In view of the number of possible liveries, the Society has decided to offer a choice of fifteen, with the proviso that any livery not receiving an acceptable number of pre-orders may be dropped.  There is also an undecorated version for those wishing to produce something different from what’s on offer.

1. 6614 NCB NE area two-tone green – NGSR0591.  This livery is correct from the introduction of these locos in collieries as originally selected as the standard loco for the NE area of the NCB in 1964.  Loco 6614 (NCB 503) retains this livery even now in preservation.
USE WITH: Farish open coal wagons, MGR hoppers, NGS 21t hopper kit.


2. 7279 NCB Midlands maroon – NGSR0592.  This livery was used in the Staffordshire coalfields and then appears to have been adopted elsewhere.  Loco 7279 carries the livery with a crest but not outward numbering.
USE WITH: Farish open coal wagons, MGR hoppers, NGS 21t hopper kit.


3. 6663 NCB Western area olive green – NGSR0593.  This livery dates from the 1960s and was based at Bersham Colliery in Wales.  The olive green colour means it could be an attractive option for those seeking a ‘military’ shunter.
USE WITH: Farish/Dapol/NGS coal and coke wagons.


4. 8998 Esso red – NGSR0594.  Two locos, 8998 and 8999, were built for Esso.  There were at least two versions of the red livery, this being the introductory version.
USE WITH: Farish Esso TTA, TEA, and possibly Revolution class B tank.


5. 6950 BP original white – NGSR0595.  When delivered to BP in the 1960s, their locomotive carried a plain white livery with then-new BP shield on the cabside, and larger red BP lettering on the short bonnet.
USE WITH: Farish BP TTA and TEA.


6. 6950 BP green – NGSR0596.  BP’s Hunslet had at least two other liveries, one of them an attractive combination of white and green painted by apprentices at the Coryton refinery who also named the locomotive “Louise.” This livery was retained into preservation.
USE WITH: Farish BP TTA and TEA.


7. 8977 CEGB Orange – NGSR0597.  CEGB had two Hunslet shunters – based at Carrington and Chadderton power stations.  These were later used at the Port of Workington.
USE WITH: Farish/Dapol/NGS coal and coke wagons.


8. 7543 British Steel yellow – NGSR0598.  British Steel operated a huge fleet of locomotives, with several Hunslets among them at Workington, Ravenscraig, Trostre and elsewhere.
USE WITH: Farish/Dapol/NGS steel carriers and stone hoppers.


9. 8976 Port Authority blue/yellow – NGSR0599.  The Port of Workington acquired these and refurbished them.  They have recently been used to shunt newly delivered class 68s!
USE WITH: Anything.


10. 7410 RMS Locotec blue/grey – NGSR059A.  RMS has a fleet of three spot-hire Hunslets that have been used at Trostre steelworks, Boulby mine and Cobra yard at Middlesbrough.
USE WITH: Faris/Dapol/NGS steel wagons and other hoppers


11. 8879 ‘Black Agnes’ Lafarge green – NGSR059B.  Lafarge has two shunters at its Oxwellmains cement terminal in East Lothian.  The other in this livery is 7304 ‘Doon Hill’.
USE WITH: Farish Blue Circle/Lafarge cement tanks.


12. 7017 RfD sectorisation triple grey – NGSR059C.  Preserved loco 7017 was repainted in a variant of the RfD triple grey livery at Carnforth for a period.
USE WITH: Stock at a preserved railway.


13. 7017 Harry Needle Railroad Co – NGSR059D.  HNRC has several Hunslet shunters – some are kept at Long Marston and some are available for spot-hire.
USE WITH: Various wagons.


14. 9092 Caledonian pale blue – NGSR059E.  The pale blue unbranded Caledonian variant is selected, as research suggests it spent significantly longer in this livery and it can deputise for an ECC or Milford Haven Murco version.  (Please note that, contrary to the image shown, this livery does NOT come with a flashing light).
USE WITH: Dapol silver bullet china clay tanks, Chivers timber wagons, Revolution modern TEA tankers in red or grey.


15. 6685 ‘Big John’ blue – NGSR059F.  This is an ex-NCB Shunter used at Queenborough (Sheerness) steel rolling mill in North Kent.  Initially in plain green, it later received this attractive blue livery.
USE WITH: Farish/Dapol/NGS steel wagons.

16. Completely undecorated – NGSR059G.

First CAD Images

The NGS has received first CAD images showing progress on the design of its forthcoming Hunslet industrial shunter in N.
There is still some grille and handrail detail to be added, but the images give a good idea of progress so far.
The model will feature a corelss motor in the larger bonnet, with a brass flywheel at the other end of the drive train for smooth running.  We are also hoping to design in “Stay Alive” capacitor and a flashing roof light where approprioate.  These will be controlled by a PCB incorporating a DCC chip as standard – this will enable these features to work even on DC layouts, while also avoiding the need for a space-greedy DCC socket for DCC enthusiasts.
Update 1 August 2017

The NGS’s 50th anniversary loco – the Hunslet industrial Shunter – is nearing the end of the CAD development stage.  This process involves drawings going between the factory in China and Colin Allbright, who is designing this model for the NGS.

There are two distinct variants of the Shunter – the lighter 50T early types, and the later 55T heavier versions.

This CAD is largely approved and will be the earlier type in NCB livery:

This drawing is for the heavier type and illustrates some of the corrections required on the original CAD.

At this stage we are proposing 8 of the 50T locos and 7 of the 55T – many of these have different combinations of vents, auxiliary equipment boxes, handrails, lights and other details and each of these has to be checked.

Once this work is done, and the CADs are all approved, we will be ready to authorise the manufacture of the moulds.

To order the Hunslet go to–deposit-284-c.asp

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