Minerva Victory

Ten Victory class 0-6-0 tank locomotives were built for the Inland Waterways & Docks Department in 1917. Built to mainline standards, the ten Victories were sold by the Railway Operating Department at the end of the World War I to several buyers including the Alexandra (Newport & South Wales) Docks and Railway, Brecon & Merthyr Railway, East Kent Light Railway (EKLR) and other private users including collieries.  The Great Western Railway inherited three, two of which entered British Railways (BR) service surviving until 1954 and 1955. The EKLR locomotive entered Southern Railway ownership and finished its life with BR, but was scrapped in 1949 before carrying its allocated number of 30948. Seven Victories ended up in service with the National Coal Board with the last examples scrapped in 1969. None has survived.

Minerva’s model is available as a DC model or fitted with DCC and DCC sound. It includes a range of accessories that cover many of the detail differences that emerged in later ownership.

Technical Specification

  • An injection-moulded, painted, ready-to-run body with full rivet detail
  • Over 200 individual components
  • Die-cast chassis and footplate
  • Fine scale wheels with sprung centre axle
  • Six-wheel electrical pickup
  • High-torque flywheel-equipped motor, driving the rear axle
  • 40:1 precision gearbox for slow, smooth running
  • DCC and sound ready or DCC and sound fitted available.
  • Full cab detail and brake gear
  • Sprung buffers and hook draw-gear with three-link couplings
  • Choice of three liveries: lined light industrial green, lined red, plain black
  • Accessory pack with moulded lamp irons, smoke-box door dart, front steps, cylinder drain-cock     levers, tank vents, above-footplate sandboxes and GWR style toolboxes.
  • Etched brass fret with manufacturer’s plates for all 10 prototypes.