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Ivatt 2-6-0

A small, well built little engine with a motor that whirrs like a quiet sewing machine.   There are two version of this – the black 46400 loco shown above (Trix 51-2039-00), and a 46406 model in British Rail Green (51-2038-00), produced later for Hornby and sold as Number N213.

46402 was also produced as a green version of the model and seems to have been retailed in Hornby Minitrix card/styrene boxes – just like the more common 46406.  I believe that both were available from Hornby albeit with the same N213 designation.  However, Minitrix assigned a separate number 51-2038-50 to the 46402 numbered model.

The loco chassis is very similar to the 2-6-2 Ivatt 2MT model, except this does not have the extra weight that the 2-6-2 has over its rear bogies.  The body of this model is narrower as it does not have the side tanks, and of course, this model tows a tender.

As a result of being shorter at the rear, and narrower, the loco is not anywhere near as heavy as the 2-6-2 version.  With less weight pressing onto the wheels, traction tyres are required and the engine has a pair of tyres fitted to both sides of the front axle.  This would normally compromise the electrical pickup, but all wheels on the front and rear axle of the tender provide electrical pickup ensuring its smooth running over dead bits of track such as points.

The notes here are illustrated with a mixture of original material and notes which were prepared for the 2-6-2 model, but the key features of both locos are so similar you would be hard pressed to tell the difference.  There is a sparate page for the Ivatt 2-6-0 tender.