L&YR Aspinal 7′-3″ 4-4-0 no. 1224 (Flyer)

L&YR Aspinal 7′-3″ 4-4-0 no. 1224 (Flyer)
L&YR Aspinal 7′-3″ 4-4-0 no. 1224 (nicknamed a “Flyer”). Expertly built from scratch by Peter Priestley, with fully working inside motion and Joy valve gear. Beautifully painted some years ago in the L&Y fully lined black livery, which is still in remarkably good condition, proving that this model has been well looked after throughout it’s life. Fitted with a powerful motor and gears, this 4-4-0 is a good performing example of a wheel arrangement that is notoriously difficult to get good adhesion to the track.

LNWR A class 0-8-0 compound no. 2545

LNWR A class 0-8-0 compound no. 2545
LNWR A class 0-8-0 compound no. 2545. Built from scratch by Bill Davis, a good friend of mine for many years and I’m now very happy to own such an unusual example of his fabulous craftsmanship. He has built this model of a 3 cylinder compound prototype with a working representation of the inside low pressure cylinder. ABC motor and gear unit, collecting power by the American system. Expertly painted by Ian Rathbone.

L&YR Aspinal 6′-0″ 4-4-0 (Peacock) no. 978

L&YR Aspinal 6′-0″ 4-4-0 (Peacock) no. 978
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Barton Wright/Aspinal 6′-0″ 4-4-0 (nicknamed a “Peacock”). Beautifully built from scratch and painted by Gordon Heywood in 1963, provenance written on the underside of the running plate. I didn’t realise that build quality like this was achievable in the sixties, other than by names like Beeson and Miller or the like. The crests, all lettering and lining have been painted by hand and the quality of the etched cabside number plates and the “Beyer Peacock & Co.Ltd. Manchester 1883” builders plates is superb. The livery is still in very good condition for such an early model and the detail inside the cab is also superb. The wheels have been expertly machined from good quality cast iron blanks and I believe the motor and gears are home made. This model is for sale. See the models for sale page of this website.

LNWR 19″ goods 4-6-0 no. 285

LNWR 19″ goods 4-6-0 no. 285
LNWR 19″ goods 4-6-0 no. 285. A fine model, expertly built from scratch with detailed and working crank axle, inside connecting rods, crossheads and slidebars giving very good movement in the space between the frames and below the boiler. The builder is unknown, but it is known that this lovely model used to be part of the Frances Pearce of Malton collection and was often displayed on LNWR Society tables at exhibitions. The paintwork is still good, with excellent contrast of textures between the dull paint of the smokebox and the polished paint of the boiler cladding. The grey, white and red lining is well executed by hand, probably with bow pen. The boiler bands are tape or transfers. Power to the recently replaced motor and gears (now a fuse protected Portescap RG7) is via the American method, together with a single plunger pickup on the loco as the belt to the braces and it also allows the loco to be tested without the tender.

Caledonain Railway 766 class Dunalastair II 4-4-0 no. 780

Dunalastair 780
Dunalastair 780
Caledonain Railway 766 class (Dunalastair II) 4-4-0 no. 780. Built from scratch by Wally West circa 1978 using a John Hart RM (short) type motor and wheels turned from extremely good castings, probably by Miller, Swan & Co. This model is unusual for Wally as it does not rely on the tender to collect it’s power, perhaps because it is a bogie tender? Well painted by Bernard Miller in the Caledonian Railway fully lined passenger blue livery. The “CR” initials on the tender have been expertly painted by hand.

Great Central Railway 8F class 4-6-0 no. 1097 Immingham

Immingham
Immingham
GCR 8F class 4-6-0 no. 1097 Immingham. This lovely model has been very well built by Peter Honeybone for Gladiator Models from the Gladiator kit. Peter built many models for Gladiator Models during the days when Geoff Stratford was the proprietor of the company. Painted in the GCR green and crimson passenger livery. A livery that the original loco only carried in service from when new in 1906 to March 1909, when it was repainted in the mixed traffic black livery. The model has Slaters wheels and an ABC gearbox, with current collection by wiper pickups.

Great Central Railway 1A class 4-6-0 no. 4 Glenalmond

Glenalmond
Glenalmond
Great Central Railway 1A class 4-6-0 no. 4 Glenalmond. Bought at auction, this model, built from the Gladiator kit, looked good in it’s original LNER lined black livery, but when closely inspected had many hard to see parts missing. However, after stripping the paint, making minor repairs, adding the missing parts and a fabulous repaint by John Cockcroft, in the GCR mixed traffic lined black livery, it is now a very impressive model indeed. Slaters wheels, Portescap RG7 protected by a fuse, powered by the American method of current collection. This model is for sale, see the Models for sale page of this website.

LMS (ex Midland Rly) 1F class 0-6-0T no. 1706

LMS (ex Midland Rly) 1F class 0-6-0T no. 1706
LMS (ex Midland Rly) 1F class 0-6-0T no. 1706 (half-cab). Very well built and painted in the LMS goods livery with straw coloured letters and numerals. It has been built from etched brass (or nickel-silver), but not from a kit. The builder has etched the initials “JB” and an unrecognisable logo into the underside of the body of the loco, which looks vaguely familiar. John Brierley is a well respected scratch builder who certainly had the capability to design his own etches, but the only work of his that I have seen before is of southern pre-grouping prototypes. Whether John built this or not, it is still a lovely little model with an ABC gearbox, Mashima motor, Slaters wheels with wiper pick-ups. This loco is for sale, see the models for sale page of this website.

GWR 61xx class 2-6-2T no. 6157

GWR 61xx class 2-6-2T no. 6157
GWR 61xx class 2-6-2T (Large Prairie) no. 6157. This model is by Lee Marsh Model Co. and was constructed and painted in South Korea with switchable DC/DCC control. The build quality and paint finish (cellulose) is second to none and the model, although second hand, is still in absolutely mint condition. Until I acquired it I don’t think it had even been out of the box. This loco is for sale, see the models for sale page of this website.