Avonside "Empire" 0-4-0T

MGL-002 • by 6point5

About the kit

The kit is comprised of a 3D printed plastic body shell and a fret of etched nickel silver detail parts. Limited folding of these parts is required and they can all be glued in place.

The body is designed to fit on the chassise from the Busch Deutz HOf loco, at present this may be ordered with the kit by selecting the appropriate option.

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Please note this is a scale model for adult collectors, and not intended for children under 14 years of age.

Prototype Info

In 1899, Avonside Engine Company delivered two 24-inch gauge (610- millimetre) locomotives to Rand Mines on the Witwatersrand. In 1900, a third similar locomotive, but of 20 inches (508 millimetres) gauge, was delivered to Reynolds Brothers Sugar Estates in Natal. These were given the 'Imperial' designation by their builder. The 20inch prototype was one of several of the same type which saw service on the Reynolds, Huletts and Chakaskraal sugar plantations in Natal.

This kit represents an imagineered 18” gauge example given the 'Empire' designation, it is based closely on the dimensions of the 20" prototype and will run on 6.5mm gauge track.


Postage is included for UK orders. For international orders shipping is at cost. Please note any local import duty or taxes that may be applied on delivery are the buyer's responsibility.