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.

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.

LNER D49 (Hunt) class no. 366 The Oakley

LNER D49 (Hunt) Class 4-4-0 no. 366 The Oakley. Built circa early-sixties from scratch by Wally West using non-insulated wheels turned from good quality castings, probably by Miller, Swan & Co. The split axles and insulated spacers between the frames allow power to be collected from the tender wheels and transferred to the loco via strong springs, which also represent water hoses under the fallplate. The motor and 12:1 gears are of the short Bonds type. Power is also collected by plunger pick-ups on the driving wheels. 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 by Wally Mayhew in fully lined LNER passenger green livery. This model has had a hard life, but still works well and is shown in use on Arthur Dewar’s layout in Jack Ray’s book ‘Model Railways and their builders’ published by Atlantic Press.

This model has recently been stripped of it’s tired and chipped paintwork and is presently awaiting a repaint by John Cockcroft into fully lined LNER Darlington green livery. It will retain the same name, but will soon proudly carry new nameplates from Diane Carney.

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 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.

It has recently transpired that Wally did actually build three finescale Tennants like this, as well as the scaleseven version shown elsewhere, so four it total. The recently discovered model was in fact sold by Wally himself in an unpainted condition and has since been painted in the livery shown above by Alan Brackenborough.