The Count was keen to build
a fully working express
railway using the 15" guage,
and Howey — well known in miniature circles for owning
large locomotives to the gauge — was inspired by the
vision also. To try to fulfil their ambition the pair
attempted to purchase the Ravenglass and Eskdale
Railway in the Lake District, but to no avail.
Despite this setback, the Count ordered two pacific
locomotives (Green Goddess and Northern Chief), to be
designed by the leading model engineer of his day,
Henry Greenly and built in Colchester by Davey,
Paxman and Co. and which would run on the miniature
express line the pair were determined to build.
Before they were delivered however, the Count was
killed while racing at Monza in the Italian Grand Prix.
Howey was left with two locos and the task of finding
somewhere to run them. He commissioned Greenly to
help him, and it was he that came up with the