Modelling the Kerr-Stuart Brazil Class 0-4-2ST locomotive in 16mm scale. - Keith Bucklitch


Introduction and General Arrangement Drawings


These locomotives were initially built by Kerr-Stuart, and later the design was taken over by Hunslet. They are similar in outline to the smaller Tattoo Class, but have approximately twice the horsepower. They were built to a variety of gauges from 2 foot up to 4' 8 1/2"!. The latter had inside frames. They also sported a variety of water tanks - saddle, or side, of varying lengths. Cabs were also in many forms, from almost completely open to fully enclosed. To build a particular model, you will need to work from photographs. A few of these locos are still in existence here in Britain (Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway, Whipsnade Zoo and in private ownership) and especially in the tropical island of Java where they are still used in the sugar plantations. Apparently, early versions of the class had Stephenson valve gear (e.g. Excelsior - Whipsnade, built in 1906). Later locos were built with Hackworth gear. This model uses the latter. A drawing by Don Townsley and some pictures was published in Tom Coopers 'Steamlines' magazine No 9 (1987). This was a loose supplement, and if you are able to obtain the particular issue, the drawings may no longer be included with it! Note that this drawing is to a scale of 15mm:foot. The drawings to build this model are based upon this drawing rescaled to 16mm:foot. (Sheets 1 & 2 - General Arrangement) Because of the wide separation between the frames it is possible for this model to be set to run on either 32 mm or 45 mm gauge track.

Drawings for this loco have been made using TurboCAD V4.0(Tm). Copies can be obtained from Keith Bucklitch at a cost of 20 sterling, plus postage. Email me for further details.

Building BRAZIL

Let's start with the heart of the locomotive, the cylinders. I always commence with these so that I can use them to check their alignment and the position of the mounting holes in the frames. Also you begin to have an important part of the loco completed early in the construction which is always encouraging.

Copyright 1998, Keith Bucklitch
Last Edited - March 2004