Great Central Railway class 8 4-6-0 (Fish engine) no.1067

Great Central Railway class 8 4-6-0 (Fish engine) no.1067
GCR Robinson class 8 4-6-0 no. 1067. Built from scratch by Wally West circa mid-seventies, using a JH motor and a double reduction gear unit, with wheels turned from good castings. probably by Miller, Swan & Co. The split axles and insulated spacers between the frames allow power to be collected from the tender wheels, via sprung plungers mounted on the front face of the tender, connecting with contact faces on the back of the loco. All brake blocks are made from non conductive material to eliminate shorting across the brake rigging. All loco driving and tender axles have sprung hornblocks. Superbly painted by Bernard Miller with hand painted lettering and crests in lined GCR mixed traffic livery. An identical twin of this model, also numbered 1067, was built by Wally at the same time. That model has since had water scoop apparatus fitted to the tender by Geoff Holt and has also had it’s paint stripped and has been repainted by Alan Brackenborough. My model above has had it’s smokebox door replaced by, in my opinion, a more accurate representation, rail jacks added either side of the smokebox and a pair of whistles (replacing a single one) added to the cab roof. So no longer are they identical.

Great Northern Railway Ivatt class C1 4-4-2 no. 990 Henry Oakley

Great Northern Railway Ivatt class C1 4-4-2 no. 990 Henry Oakley
GNR Ivatt class C1 4-4-2 no. 990 Henry Oakley. Built in 1966 from scratch by Walter (Wally) West, using a Pittman DC81 motor and gear unit. With the knowledge of the friendship between Wally and Bernard Miller at the time of build, it is very likely that the wheel castings are from the Miller Swan & Co. range. The split axles and insulated spacers between the frames allow power to be collected from the tender wheels, via sprung plungers/tender buffers, connecting with contact faces on the back of the loco. All brake blocks are made from non conductive material to eliminate shorting across the brake rigging. All loco driving and tender axles have sprung hornblocks. Superbly painted by Bernard Miller with hand painted lettering and numerals in the fully lined GNR passenger green livery.
I have a dislike of collecting models of preserved locos, but as the model is in it’s short smokebox (saturated) condition and the preserved loco has a long smokebox it is not a model of the loco as preserved. In fact the preserved loco wasn’t superheated until 1923, so I think I’m correct in saying that it would not have carried the GNR livery, as it has since it has been preserved, whilst it had a long smokebox.
A letter has come to light dated March 10th 1966 where Bernard tells Wally “I am delighted to hear about the GN Atlantic and shall look forward to seeing it very much indeed. Wally M. (Mayhew) tells me that you are also building one for him”.
This model, according to Wally’s widow Mary, was his favorite and for it’s age has been rarely used. The paintwork has needed no repairs and it still runs like a dream. The Gauge O Guild Gazette of January 1968 lists a “GNR 4-4-2 (Mr. West)”, on display at the A.G.M. of 1967 and of January 1969 a “GNR 4-4-2 Klondyke by W. West”, is listed as being on display at the A.G.M. of 1968.

North Eastern Railway Worsdell class A 2-4-2T no. 187

North Eastern Railway Worsdell class A 2-4-2T no. 187. Built circa 2000, from scratch by Walter (Wally) West using wheels turned from castings by Alan Harris (AGH). The split axles and insulated spacers between the frames allow power to be collected through the wheels. All brake blocks are made from non conductive material to eliminate shorting across the brake rigging. All loco axles have sprung hornblocks. Superbly painted in fully lined North Eastern Railway passenger livery by Alan Brackenborough, (The invoice from Alan to Wally in the sum of £200 plus £21.45 postage, dated 2/2/04 has been found). A superbly built and painted model in every respect, with full provenance.

Great Central Railway class 8 4-6-0 (Fish engine) no.1068

Great Central Railway class 8 4-6-0 (Fish engine) no.1068. Built circa 1990 from scratch with fully working inside motion by Walter (Wally) West.  Wheels turned from castings by Alan Harris (AGH). The split axles and insulated spacers between the frames allow power to be collected through the wheels. All brake blocks are made from non conductive material to eliminate shorting across the brake rigging. All loco axles have sprung hornblocks. This model also features fine cab interior detail, is powered by a Portescap motor/gear unit and is in virtually unused working condition. Superbly painted by Alan Brackenborough in the fully lined GCR mixed traffic livery.

Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Aspinal Highflyer 4-4-2 no. 1405

Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Aspinal Highflyer 4-4-2 no. 1405

Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Aspinal Highflyer 4-4-2 no. 1405. Built in 1986, from scratch with fully working Joy inside motion by Walter (Wally) West, using wheels turned from castings by Alan Harris (Sales invoices from AGH in the sum of £44.92, dated 24th January 1986 have been found). The split axles and insulated spacers between the frames allow power to be collected from the tender wheels, via sprung plungers mounted on the front face of the tender, connecting with contact faces on the back of the loco. A system that I have never seen the like of before. All brake blocks are made from non conductive material to eliminate shorting across the brake rigging. All loco driving and tender axles have sprung hornblocks.. Superbly painted by as yet a person unknown, with hand painted lettering and crests in the fully lined L&YR passenger livery.  This model also features very fine cab interior detail and is in superb working condition.

North Eastern Railway Tennant 2-4-0 no. 1467 in scaleseven

North Eastern Railway Tennant 2-4-0 no. 1467 in scaleseven

North Eastern Railway Tennant 2-4-0 no. 1467. Built circa 2005, from scratch in scaleseven and with fully working inside motion, by Walter (Wally) West using wheels turned from castings by Alan Harris (AGH). The split axles and insulated spacers between the frames allow power to be collected through the wheels using the American system. All brake blocks are made from non conductive material to eliminate shorting across the brake rigging. All loco and tender axles have sprung hornblocks. Painted in fully lined North Eastern Railway passenger livery by Alan Brackenborough. This model also features very fine cab interior detail, is powered by a Portescap motor/gear unit, is in superb (virtually unused) working condition. A superbly built and painted model in every respect.