Great Northern Railway Stirling single wheeler no. 1

Stirling single
Stirling single
GNR Stirling single wheeler no. 1. From the Swanage Models kit with Slaters wheels and a Portescap motor and gearbox. This model was originally built by a person unknown and I won it in a GNRA railwayana auction. Not the best £605 I have ever spent. It was bought because I have confidence in buying second hand models that have been built from quality kits, and as I had already built one of these before, my confidence remained that I could strip and rebuild it into a superb model. Well I have done that, but at a cost in time that convinces me that never again will I tackle one of these in that way. The model now has a pair of plunger pickups on the driving wheels and wiper pickups on the tender. Although clearances are very tight on the bogie and trailing wheels, it works well. Thanks also to Warren Haywood for a stunning paint job.

LNER Gresley A1 class Pacific no. 1470N Great Northern

Great Northern
Great Northern
LNER Gresley A1 class Pacific no. 1470N Great Northern. Built (to 95% completion) from scratch by Walter (Wally) West circa 1980’s using driving wheel castings by Alan Harris and a massive Pittman gear and motor unit. For a reason unknown Great Northern (and his twin brother Robert the Devil, who appears on a separate posting on this site) were left unfinished until in early 2020, when I was commissioned by Wally’s family to complete the models. This entailed, in the main, the soldered assembly of cab parts and the fitting of all handrails on the boiler, cab and tender. It also entailed the preparation of the model for final painting by Warren Haywood. I am very proud to have completed the model to a standard worthy of the builder and honoured to have this fabulous model as part of my collection.