If there’s one loco that gets the most comments at shows its my ex-LBSCR K class. It’s a old K’s kit was my first attempt at building a loco kit. A lot of work went into it adding extra details that the kit didn’t have and I’m very pleased how it turned out.
The K class was designed by L. B. Billington in 1913 for the LBSCR. The 17 locos were built to eliminate the double-heading of the rebuilt C2x class on heavy freight duties in the London area.
During SR ownership the K classes were modified to conform with composite loading gauge. The cab roof was re-profiled, chimney and dome cut down and whistle re-sited. Some other changes to the class included fitting of Ross “pop” safety-valves instead of Ramsbottom, Maunsell superheaters replacing Robinson pattern, abandoning of the top feed and the tender coal rails having a backing added.
In model form there is the Ace models brass kit available but if you are lucky you might find a old K’s or Blacksmith models kit. Since building my first K’s K class I have modify another one that had the old style cab on it. This involved making a new cab out of brass and added extra detail. This one I sold on a few years ago which I slightly regret now.