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. 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.

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

North Eastern Railway Worsdell class A 2-4-2T no. 187. Built 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 from scratch with fully working inside motion by Walter (Wally) West. This model also features very 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 from scratch with fully working Joy inside motion by Walter (Wally) West in 1986, 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.

LNER Gresley K3 class 2-6-0 no. 1816

LNER Gresley K3 class 2-6-0 no. 1816
LNER Gresley K3 class no.1816. Built from scratch by D. Miller and expertly painted by the late Robin Bell. Signed on the underside of the running plate “Built D. Miller 5/93” and “Painted R. Bell 5/93” giving provenance. The wheels are of the Slaters type and the motor and gears are of the MSC JH type. The bogie and drawbar are both sprung to the centre to guide the model around curves.

Southern Railway (ex LSWR) N15 class 4-6-0 no. E736 Excalibur

Southern Railway (ex LSWR) N15 class 4-6-0 no. E736 Excalibur
Southern Railway N15 class 4-6-0 no. E736 Excalibur. This model has been expertly built from scratch in brass by a person unknown. It has a Leakey motor and gears and uses the American method of power collection. Purchased from a Vectis auction in an unfinished and unpainted (tender primed) condition. After building, the model had been left to gather dust for many years. I have now stripped the tender of primer, replaced a Maunsell type chimney with this Urie type, coarse scale handrail knobs and handrail, rebuilt the cab and tender floors and generally completely overhauled the body and the motion to give a sound and powerful working model. Now painted in Robert Uries London & South Western Railway olive green by John Cockcroft. In my opinion he has the shade of green spot on. I asked him to match the colour of the jacket of D.L.Bradley’s book “LSWR Locomotives The Urie Classes” and he has done exactly what I asked.

BR(MR) Princess Coronation class Pacific no. 46245 City of London

City of London
BR(MR) Princess Coronation class Pacific no. 46245 City of London. Very well built from the Gladiator kit with Slaters wheels and a very smooth, quiet and powerful Crailcrest motor and gear unit.
This model was bought from auction in a painted condition that, lets say, was not very sympathetic to such a well loved class of locomotive. It had originally been built to a professional quality and painted in British Railways crimson lake livery as no. 46245 City of London, complete with cabside yellow stripe. A condition that I well remember seeing the full size loco at Derby works open day in 1964. The model must have looked truly wonderful and would have been the envy of most O gauge modellers……….. until someone saw fit to overspray it in silver paint. Apparently for a film set. Fortunately and the one saving grace, they masked off the chassis, cylinders, wheels and motion of the loco.
Over the past few months I have stripped off all of the paint from the main body of the loco and tender. I have ensured that the model is now in fully working condition and repaired any areas and added extra detail that the model needed to bring it up to my own personal exacting standards. John Cockcroft has made a wonderful job of repainting (less yellow stripe) and she is now in better than original condition. As a passionate collector of fine scale models I am very proud to be responsible for buying and restoring to it’s former glory this fine model.

GWR (ex Cambrian Railway) 2-4-0T no.1196

1196
1196
GWR (ex Cambrian Railway) 2-4-0T no.1196. This lovely little loco has been expertly built by Ray Butcher from the Agenoria kit and painted by Alan Brackenborough. It uses the superb ABC mini gearbox, has compensated suspension and as such runs extremely smoothly and is very powerful for such a small loco.

There were originally three of these small tank engines, built by Sharp Stewart in the early 1860’s and in Cambrian days they carried the names Magnolia, Gladys and Seaham. In 1922 they arrived at Swindon for rebuilding and didn’t the GWR make them look smart? Renumbered 1192, 1196 and 1197 they returned to the Cambrian system in 1923/4. This loco 1196 (shame it didn’t retain it’s Gladys name) was transferred to work the Hemyock branch for a short spell before returning to Oswestry to work the Tanat Valley line, until withdrawal in 1948 after putting in a remarkable million miles for such a small loco.