Single or Double chimney, which looks best?

Discussion in 'WR Action' started by Prairie Tank, 10 January 2019.


Which looks best?

Poll closed 25 January 2019.
  1. Single

    19 vote(s)
  2. Double

    5 vote(s)
  1. Prairie Tank

    Prairie Tank Western Thunderer

    I am on he verge of buying a 70xx, 7033 Hartlebury Castle in O Gauge from Master Piece Models. My wife is from Hartlebury and we were married in the church there. I also have very found memories of many a visit to Hartlebury Castle, all of which is by the by.

    I can not decide weather to have the single or double chimney (fitted in July 1959) version. Being in discussion with my wife over which one 'we' like the best and still undecided.

    Which one do you prefer the look of? 7007_1.jpg 4088_1.jpg

    John :)
    Last edited: 10 January 2019
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  2. Dog Star

    Dog Star Western Thunderer

    For cleanness of line, the single chimney wins every time.

    For efficiency of the prototype, double has to be the way although the lubricator is just plain ugly.
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  3. Dikitriki

    Dikitriki Flying Squad

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course.

    Duchesses and A4s have to have double chimneys, A3s not so sure, Castles single every time:)


    Hey, it's Great Western, what do I know?
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  4. richard carr

    richard carr Western Thunderer

    It has to be single, that is just an ugly double chimney and doesn't suit the loco at all.

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  5. Compton castle

    Compton castle Western Thunderer

    I’m torn as I like both just as much!
    I have one of each!
    For me it’s single chimney Hawksworth tender Double chimney Collett tender!!
    I did have my double chimney castle built first so I guess that one edges it.
    Either way it’s a stunning loco. The best as far as I’m concerned
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  6. Prairie Tank

    Prairie Tank Western Thunderer

    Thanks for your help, I think lol lol lol

    They do look gorgeous.

    John :)
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  7. freelance7

    freelance7 Active Member

    Has to be a single, so elegant

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  8. Martin Shaw

    Martin Shaw Western Thunderer

    I'm with Dog Star, for sure the single chimney for looks, but if you've ever had to shovel coal on a Castle, then the double chimney every time. In fact just about every loco with a double chimney went better, to hell with the look of the thing.
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  9. Phil O

    Phil O Western Thunderer

    Single chimney wins every time for me.
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  10. Dan Randall

    Dan Randall Western Thunderer

    I vote for double. I like the way it's mounted closer to the front of the smokebox, rather than centrally - it looks really purposeful to me!


  11. Compton castle

    Compton castle Western Thunderer

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    Do what I did have one of each!!
  12. P A D

    P A D Western Thunderer

    In both photos, from the angle taken, the double chimney just looks like a very large diameter single chimney.

    Go with the single chimney.

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  13. Prairie Tank

    Prairie Tank Western Thunderer

    I have just paid John of Master Piece Models for Hartlebury Castle. I bought the single chimney version :)

    I can have the loco, still be fed, not have to do my own washing and not have to sleep in the shed all thanks to the members of this forum (plus a couple of other forums) who voted single chimney because I can blame you which also means Mrs PT will not be putting anything nasty in my morning Coffee :D

    John :)
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