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Engine choices RTR as above.

Especially the Stroudley Terrier?......[could even try a back-date to the Highland Railway Dornoch tanks, which inspired the Terrier?]

By ''victorian'' does the OP mean, pre-early 1900's?

or, pre-WW1?

Because those extra 10 years or so make a world of difference as to what is available?

Either way, the main issues will centre on liveries? Those liveries from the late 1800's onwards could be really complicated...and ''clean'' was the name of the game. Corporate image was considered vitally important back then.

Either way, to be right some modification is usually neccesary.

For coaching stock, I suggest taking a look at the Ratio plastic kits?

Especially their 4 wheelers?

Another suggestion for a 'generic' coach would be the old Tri-ang clerestory GWR coaches? [re-bogie, re-wheel, etc?]

For goods stock, to be right it's down to kits, and there a loads available out there, in plastic , etched and in whitemetal.

RTR stuff like some of the smaller Hornby wagons really need their underframes sorting to be of any use.

For brake vans.....I feel the choice is limited to the Ratio early brakes.....or was it parkside?...anyway, ceck out the plastic bags and boxes in your local model shop, for the ex-MR brake..I have one in a drawer somewhere.

For kits, try Lochgorm..they do some excellent early Highland railway kits...locos, etc......Dukes, Straths...all those Highland Rly, ''Crewe-type'' locos are ideal as ''Victorian'' designs.

Whils5t on the boil, don't forget, things like signals, etc..vital to a railway, were of significantly different design to those available RTR.......for example, most ''distant' signals were'nt actually yellow in those days......but red!

Also, slotted-post signals were in general use.

In general, up to early 1900's, goods engines were 0-6-0 tender jobs......passengers locos were either 4-4-0, or thereabouts......single-driver' were often converted to 2-4-0's by the latter 1800' loadings rapidly increased.

What about ''City of Truro?'

A bit on the cusp, I know, but motorising kits can be had......and someone will paint one up for you if your wallet ask's nicely?

Also.....don't feel tempted to slap down Peco streamline, or set will look horrendous....for such a time frame.

If you model the american scene, then there's loads of locos and stock just right for the late 1800's/early 1900's.

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QUOTE (34C @ 19 Dec 2007, 11:43) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>In terms of exterior appearance, very little. It barely makes it as 'Victorian' as it first emerged in 1898, although very similar in appearance to a slightly larger wheeled class, (LNER classification J71) of circa 1885.

very definately makes it!

the designs were created by a Victorian brain?

I feel the essence of 'victorian' railways were...apart from the smaller stock.....the methods of operation, and the differences in the way things were done..

for example, track ballasting?

Right up the the early 1900's...[a good cut-off point viz victorian to pre-group].....the accepted wisdom re ballasting was, right up over sleeper level, almost to tops of rails.

Bullhead rail and chaired track, was the norm by the late 1800's.........

wagons were just about moving from single brake to pairs of handbrake levers, although not necessarily ''on teh shunter's right''....

Another loco?....try the Hornby ex-L&Y Pug, 0-4-0, for shunting...remove buffers and replace with large wood blocks??
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