Emily the Stirling 4-2-2 Engine

Mocking up a quick station – Emily on slightly too small Train in a TIN track, N gauge platform and some slightly anachronistic tall Shako wearing 15mm Peter Laing British Infantry. Maybe home service helmets would be more fitting?
Not your usual gaming Magazine …. £4 well spent?


Some ‘defacing’ may be required by unpeeling the front  sticker. A bit of real ‘coal’ required for the tender.

This month my Magazine of choice is not the usual history or gaming material.

Thomas and Friends Magazine itself might soon be rapidly recycled to someone amongst friends and  family suitably young enough to enjoy the stickers and colouring in (although in these well-being days, colouring in could well be the preserve of de-stressing adults). However, Emily, the reason for buying the magazine will be staying right here!

Emily in the Thomas the Tank Engine stories is a suitably old looking Victorian engine, apparently based on a real Great Northern Stirling 4-2-2 engine. These engines were operational from 1870 to the late 1890s and out of operation by 1916.


Stirling Engine 4-2-2 No. 544 with a domed boiler
Wikipedia image Source: Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK • CC BY 2.0



These are push-along toy engines for child’s play, simple magazine gifts,  so no rolling stock is available.

She should make a useful mid to late looking Victorian engine for any suitable period gaming  – any carriages will have to be scratchmade or cannibalised from the Train in a Tin sets appropriately for any gaming scenarios.

Available in a newsagents near you this month.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN on Sidetracked 12 January 2019.

Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

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