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.

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.

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

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.

BR (ex LSWR) IOW O2 class no. W22 Brading

W22 Brading

W22 Brading
BR (ex LSWR) IOW O2 class no. W22 Brading. Built by myself from the Alan Gibson kit with Gibson wheels and an ABC motor/gear unit. Warren Haywood takes the credit for the superb painting. For more photos of this model, see the Locos for sale page of this website. 

Models of these delightful little Isle of Wight locos rarely appear and even more rarely come up for sale. I was fortunate to be taken to the Isle of Wight on holiday when in my early teens and I still have a photo of Brading, taken on the small turntable at the end of the line at Ventnor. Thus the motivation for me to buy and build this kit. Check out Jim McGowan’s Connoiseur website http://www.jimmcgeown.com/Photo%20Gallery%20Customers%20Models/Southern%20Class%2002%20Photo%20Gallery.html for more photos of models of these locos. (All in green livery? None in black, I wonder why??)

I bought this kit in completely untouched condition from a good friend, now deceased, who had decided to sell his collection because of health problems. He had bought it probably 30 years previously and it had lain in the bottom of his wardrobe ever since. Now here it is built, painted and running like a dream and none the worse for spending all of those years in the dark.

Southern Railway King Arthur class 4-6-0 no. E785 Sir Mador de la Porte

E785 Sir Mador de la Porte

E785 Sir Mador de la Porte
Southern Railway King Arthur Class no. E785 Sir Mador de la Porte. This model was built by myself many years ago from the Modern Outline kit, with Slaters wheels and an ABC motor/gear unit. I originally painted it in an identical livery as E792 Sir Hervis de Revel and with that identity he gave me many years excellent service, but unfortunately the paint deteriorated, resulting in me stripping it for a repaint. New paint, new identity. Now expertly painted by Warren Haywood. The model as Sir Mador is now all ready to give many more years service.

LNER Gresley A1 class Pacific no. 1470N Great Northern

Great Northern

Great Northern
LNER Gresley A1 class Pacific no. 1470N Great Northern. Built (to 95% completion) from scratch by Walter (Wally) West circa 1980’s using driving wheel castings by Alan Harris and a massive Pittman gear and motor unit. For a reason unknown Great Northern (and his twin brother Robert the Devil, who appears on a separate posting on this site) were left unfinished until in early 2020, when I was commissioned by Wally’s family to complete the models. This entailed, in the main, the soldered assembly of cab parts and the fitting of all handrails on the boiler, cab and tender. It also entailed the preparation of the model for final painting by Warren Haywood. I am very proud to have completed the model to a standard worthy of the builder and honoured to have this fabulous model as part of my collection.

BR Britannia class 4-6-2 no. 70006 Robert Burns

Robert Burns

Robert Burns
BR Britannia class 4-6-2 no. 70006 Robert Burns. A Masterpiece model loco, obtained in a swap deal, second hand and with only very minor repairs needed, otherwise mint condition. Switchable DC/DCC and sound. Truly amazing detail and surprisingly robust. I have photographic evidence that I spotted the original loco heading south on a goods train, at the signals at Syston North Junction, waiting to go round the sharp curve towards Melton Mowbray in 1966. Admittedly she was without nameplates and didn’t look as clean as depicted in the model, but still great memories.

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 Walter (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.

North Eastern Railway Tennant 2-4-0 no. 1477

NER Tennant 2-4-0 1477

North Eastern Railway Tennant 2-4-0 no. 1477. Expertly scratch built and painted (circa late 1950’s) by Bernard Miller with hand painted lettering and numerals in the fully lined NER passenger green livery. Built with very fine quality cast wheels and a John Hart RM (short) type motor no. 862. She collects power from the tender wheels and from plunger pick-ups on the loco. A belt and braces job and there is nothing wrong with that. This model was built for the famous layout of Stanley Norris and featured in the Model Railway News magazine of February 1960 and in the Railway Modeller magazine of January 1971 when on a visit to Wally Mayhew’s Stanley to Stratford St. Andrew layout.

On Bernard’s passing in 1980 she was obtained by Arthur Dewar and is shown on Arthur’s layout in Jack Ray’s book ‘Model Railways and their builders’ published by Atlantic Press. She also featured in the Gauge O Guild Gazette on Arthur’s layout (see page 338 of the link at the bottom of this page). On Arthur’s death she passed onto Wally West and as part of his collection she has now found her way into my collection.

When obtained, her paintwork had deteriorated with age, the black paint on the outside frames in particular had become unstable and had worn away completely in places. Fortunately, most of the green areas have survived well. I have now had Bernard’s paint restored by the museum conservator John Cockcroft, who has managed to preserve the hand painted numbers and lettering. I must say that he has made a superb job of it. A powerful loco, I have had her pulling eight coaches with ease. A good load for a 2-4-0.

https://www.gaugeoguild.com/secured/gazette_archive/Vol11-10//offline/download.pdf