Manning-Wardle "Midget"

NPL-006 • by Narrow Planet


This kit is currently out of stock and out of production, but may be available again in future.

About the kit

This kit is comprised of a 3D printed plastic body shell and a fret of etched nickel silver detail parts and overlays. Minimal folding of these parts is required and they can all be glued in place.

The body is designed to fit on the Minitrains Fiddletown & Copperopolis 0-4-0 loco chassis. At present this chassis is INCLUDED in the price.

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Please note this is a scale model for adult collectors, and not intended for children under 14 years of age.

Prototype Info

The prototype engine was built by Manning-Wardle for the Cape Government Railway in 1902, with the works number 1583. The engine was used in the construction of the Avontuur Branch line and remained on the line afterwards.

The engine was assimilated into South African Railways in 1912, being renumbered as NG20. It was sold into industrial service, to the West Rand Consolidated Mines near Krugersdorp, in 1921. Withdrawn in the 1950s, the engine was stored and later preserved at Gold Reef City south of Johannesburg where it remains today. The kit represents the engine when operating on the Avontuur Branchline in the 1910s.


Postage is included for UK orders. For international orders shipping is at cost. Please note any local import duty or taxes that may be applied on delivery are the buyer's responsibility.

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