The Rede Valley locomotives form a diverse collection, not quite representing one place or time. One of the concepts behind the Rede Valley is that it should be able to represent more than one period. Different dioramas within the layout are set in different time periods and therefore the traffic over the layout must be able to reflect these. The locations represented are a blend of East Coast Main Line and the Waverley Route. A little bit of modellers licence has the main line taking a more direct route from Edinburgh to Newcastle over some difficult terrain. The Rede Valley locomotives are chosen to recognise the challenges of the gradients. Its quite feasible that the LNER would use P2 2-8-2s south of Edinburgh. The period of rolling stock began by representing the immediate pre world war 2 era ca 1936-1939, but has subsequently expanded to represent 1923 – 1948. Currently though there is very little stock that carries very early LNER livery and also very little that reflects the 1946 renumbering scheme. The wartime era gives some really interesting options. Heaton provided most of the motive power for the real East Coast Main Line north of Newcastle. Engines were loaned to Heaton during world war 2 to handle the extra traffic and bigger heavier freight trains. The succession of loans included Robinson 04; Southern Railway King Arthurs; Austerity 2-8-0s; LMS 8Fs; and USA 2-8-0s. All bar the USAs are available in model form. The table below gives the current fleet of Rede Valley Locomotives Not all of the fleet is currently in traffic. Many await conversion to DCC which is somewhat a gradual process especially where engines are not DCC ready with sockets installed.
Class Type No & Name Company Manufacturer DCC Chip DCC fitting guide
EARLY LNER ENGINES – 1923-28 Period
A1 4-6-2 1470N Great Northern LNER Hornby LENZ LE1014
J21 0-6-0 16 NER Nu-Cast None
“Classic” LNER ENGINES – 1929-39 Period
A3 4-6-2 2751 Humorist LNER Hornby ZTC255
A3 4-6-2 4475 Flying Fox LNER Hornby LENZ LE1014
A4 4-6-2 4468 Mallard LNER Hornby LENZ LE1014
A4 4-6-2 4482 Golden Eagle LNER Hornby None
A4 4-6-2 2512 Silver Fox LNER Hornby None
B16/2 4-6-0 1435 NER Nu-Cast None
B17 4-6-0 2862 Manchester United LNER Hornby None
D21 4-4-0  1245 NER  ? None
D49 4-4-0 359 Fitzwilliam LNER Hornby None
J27 0-6-0 NER Nu-Cast None
J39 0-6-0 1496 LNER Bachmann None
J39 0-6-0 3000 LNER Bachmann None
J72 0-6-0T 2304 NER Mainline None
K3 2-6-0 2934 LNER Bachmann  Lenz LE1014
P2 2-8-2 2001 Cock of the North LNER Hornby TwinTrack Sound
V2 2-6-2 4844 Coldstreamer LNER Bachmann None
V3 2-6-2T 2911 LNER Bachmann None
04 2-8-0 GCR Bachmann
V2 2-6-2  3650 LNER Bachmann ZTC255
Austerity 2-8-0  7199 WD Bachmann ZTC255 Instructions
King Arthur 4-6-0  746 SR Hornby TCS X BEMF
8F 2-8-0  7675 LNER Hornby ZTC4007
B1 4-6-0 1189 Sir William Gray LNER Bachmann None
EARLY BR ENGINES – 1948-50 Period
A1 4-6-2 60163 Tornado BR Bachmann None