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

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

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

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

LSWR Drummond K10 class 4-4-0 no. 149

LSWR Drummond K10 class 4-4-0 no. 149
LSWR Drummond K10 class 4-4-0 no. 149. Built by Mick Bayliss from the Shedmaster kit, which is a set of fairly basic brass etchings (ex Jidenco, I believe), together with some very good quality brass and whitemetal castings. Additional details have been added including a representation of the inside motion. The wheels are Slaters and the power is provided by a fuse protected Portescap RG7, via the American method of power collection. Superbly painted in the Robert Urie post World War 1 olive green livery, by John Cockcroft. For more photos of this model, see the Locos for sale page of this website.  

Caley 4-4-0 passenger tank no.2

Caley 4-4-0 passenger tank no.2
Caley 4-4-0 passenger tank no.2
Caledonian Railway 4-4-0 passenger tank no.2. Built from scratch by person unknown many years ago. Since buying this model in auction I have completely stripped the original paint, added details for example new safety valve, lamp irons, condensing pipes, smokebox lubricators, door opening wheel and lever, couplings etc. Hopefully adding more character to an already characterful model. Now expertly repainted for me by John Cockcroft.

This is the second model of one of these locos that I have had, refer to this link for the other  https://www.7mmloco.co.uk/2018/11/05/caledonian-railway-4-4-0-passenger-tank-no-2/

BR(WR) Grange class 4-6-0 no. 6809 Burghclere Grange

BR(WR) Grange class 4-6-0 no. 6809 Burghclere Grange
6809 Burghclere Grange
BR(WR) Grange class 4-6-0 no. 6809 Burghclere Grange. 

This model was built by J.K.Stansfield of Colne in 1993, from the Malcolm Mitchell kit. The motor/gear unit is by ABC and the wheels are good quality cast iron. The pick-ups are of the plunger type and it all has been built to a very professional and well detailed standard. Since then it has been displayed unpainted in a glass case. After purchase, it has been thoroughly cleaned and serviced to excellent running condition by myself and expertly painted and weathered by John Cockcroft. The model even has a tender makers plate with the correct number, 1898, all part of the excellent service from Severn Mill nameplates. For more photos of this model, see the Locos for sale page of this website. 

Only two of the Granges were given the British Railways mixed traffic lined black livery. 6809 in December 1949 when the loco was allocated at Penzance, having a 3500 gallon Churchward pattern tender at the time. The other, number 6819 having the Collett intermediate pattern tender when it was painted in lined black at Caerphilly in 1955. All other Granges were painted plain black, until green became the standard livery for the class in the late 1950’s.

North Eastern Railway Raven class D 4-4-4T no. 2143

NER class D 4-4-4T no. 2143
North Eastern Railway Raven class D 4-4-4T no. 2143

My latest build of a good looking and unusual prototype, after a wash and brush-up it will be ready for painting. Built on a commission basis from the very comprehensive DJH kit, fitted with Slaters wheels and the excellent Slaters GB30R-3M gearbox with a Mashima motor. As can be seen from the photo, many parts of this model are cast in white metal, the smokebox/boiler/firebox has been usual for DJH kits for as long as I have been building, but this kit has the cab floor cast a drop in from below casting, to which the backhead can be screwed, making a well detailed unit. The cab roof and splasher box castings are well detailed and everything fits together well. Each of the bogies are also one piece castings, the leading one has a very clever wiper power pickup idea, designed and incorporated into the kit. All in all making a quick to build model and recommended for the more inexperienced model builder.