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.

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/

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.

SL&NCR Beyer Peacock 0-6-4T “Lissadell”

Lissadell
Lissadell
“Lissadell” of the Sligo, Leitrim & Northern Counties Railway, ‘Leitrim’ Class 0-6-4T, built in 1899 by Beyer Peacock & Co., works No.4073. This is my latest buy from auction. Very well built indeed from the North Star kit designed by Adrian Rowland, with an ABC motor/gears unit, wiper pick-ups, sprung hornblocks and Slaters wheels. As can be seen, it is presently in unpainted condition and has never been finished. It was bought with the intention to get my good friend John Cockcroft to paint it for me in it’s original SL&NCR livery, but the only photos that I can find of it are relatively recent ones in what looks like unlined black. I do have a builders photo of the class leader “Leitrim” in lined out works grey, but other than that I have no idea of what livery these locos carried in their early years. If anyone can help me get this lovely little tank loco completed in an early livery, I would be very much appreciative.

Thanks to the Railway Modellers Ireland Facebook group and Jonathan Beaumont in particular I have received the following information:

JB – Originally olive green – quite dark, and with lining. No actual details of the lining survive but perusal of early photos suggest black and white. The letters “S L N C R” were in shaded gold or yellow on the tank sides. It is not known what colour the nameplates were, though during the “black” era (probably about 1910/15 onwards) these were variously black with red writing, or red with polished writing.
MB – There is a photo of classmate “Lurganboy” on the smugmug website, with “SL&NCR” lettering on the tank sides, but the rest of the loco looks to be unlined. Would this lettering have been carried in the olive green days with the lining?
JB – Yes.
JB – After they started painting them unlined black I believe, but cannot be certain, that the lettering continued for a while (on the unlined black background). Connecting rods are often seen (copied) on models as red. Evidently they were not – they were black or more likely, unpainted.

North Eastern Railway Tennant 2-4-0 no. 1463

North Eastern Railway Tennant 2-4-0 no. 1463

North Eastern Railway Tennant 2-4-0 no. 1463. Built circa 2005, from scratch 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 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. The plungers also double up as tender buffers. 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. 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 and is in superb (virtually unused) working condition. A superbly built and painted model in every respect.

GCR Robinson class 8K 2-8-0 no. 1185.

GCR Robinson class 8K 2-8-0 no. 1185. Built from scratch by Walter (Wally) West circa 1972 with good quality wheels, probably by Miller, Swan & Co. This model has a wire drive at drawbar level, from the motor and gears in the loco through to a very heavy flywheel unit mounted in the tender, producing a powerful locomotive with very good slow running qualities. Superbly painted by Bernard Miller with hand painted lettering and crests, in the lined GCR mixed traffic livery. A twin of this model, no. 376 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 been repainted by Alan Brackenborough.

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.