BR (ex GWR) Dean Goods 0-6-0 no. 2538. This model has been skillfully built from scratch, the loco in nickel silver and the tender in brass. It would seem that the unknown builder sadly passed away before he could finish it, as I found and bought it out of the Gauge O Guild Executors and Trustees Service. The build was 95% complete, but needing very much tlc and with green verdigris needing cleaning from the flux deposits that had not been washed away. It had plunger pickups and a set of gears that were not up to the task of running the loco smoothly. I have now modified the pickups to American and fitted new gears, before painting. She now runs very well and looks good too, in my opinion. I have modeled her as the last member of the class to be withdrawn, in 1957 from Oswestry shed. She outlived her now preserved sister no. 2516 by a year, becoming something of a celebrity and being kept in reasonably clean condition for hauling special trains. The two locos had been retained principally for working the Abermule – Kerry branch line.
Barry Railway “K” class 0-6-2T no. 119. Built from scratch by Ray Butcher, who usually used Alan Brackenborough to paint his models and I see no reason to doubt this model is not Alan’s work. It is an extremely well built and painted model of a very unusual prototype. Slaters wheels, compensated suspension and a very neat ABC mini gear and motor unit. The class of five were assembled in 1899 from a kit of parts that had been designed by Mr.Hosgood and delivered to Barry Docks from America, giving them the nickname “Yankees”. Above the running plate they were typical Barry style, but American bar frames and Richardson balanced slide valves gave them a very powerful appearance. They were Swindonised in 1924, becoming GWR numbers 193-197.
GWR Castle class 4-6-0 no. 5053 Bishop’s Castle. A Masterpiece Model, bought from auction, lacking it’s original nameplates. As the full size 5053 carried two names in this livery, firstly as built Bishop’s Castle, renamed Earl Cairns after 15 months of service, I could make the choice. The former was chosen as I have a lovely photo of it with that name. The model has DCC control, performance and sound both in perfect working order.
LNER Gresley A3 class no. 2744 Grand Parade. I have recently acquired this lovely model from auction. It has been built and painted to a professional standard from the DJH kit. Judging from certain details, it could have been produced by one of the DJH factory team of builders themselves, although no certificates came with it as provenance. I am normally not a fan of DJH factory built LNER green models as I think their usual colour is too bright, https://www.djhmodelloco.co.uk/prodpage.asp?productid=3423 but this model is an exception as the colour is to my eyes very good for Doncaster green. Perhaps one built before they changed to the brighter green? Or perhaps produced by another very capable builder and painter? Powered by a motor with a delrin drive gearbox via plunger pickups. A modification to the bogie springing is all I have needed to make to enable it to travel around the Poachers test track without de-railing. This kit has been around a number of years now and I have built two others, Salmon Trout in LNER green and The White Knight in BR green. The kit is excellent and builds into a very proto-typical looking model. Fairly easy to build as well. You just need to shake the box of bits and they all fall into place. Just a shame that whoever the painter was, he originally made it no. 4480 Enterprise (very likely an example of the tail wagging the dog, or in this case the client wagging the painter). That loco was never a left hand drive loco whilst in LNER days. Carefully we have changed the cabside and buffer beam numbers to 2744 and the nameplates to Grand Parade, the name and number of one of the locos built at Doncaster in 1928 as left hand drive. As Peter Coster writes in Irwell Press’s fabulous “The Book of the A3 Pacifics” there were of course two Grand Parades, the first was destroyed in the Castlecary accident in 1937. This model depicts the second one, built in 1938 to replace the wrecked original loco. Mr. Coster writes that they “differ only in the boiler number and tender number” failing to spot that the second Grand Parade had steps behind the front buffer beam and the first did not.
LNER (ex NER) Y7 class 0-4-0T no. 982. Scratch built by Ron C. Pearsall Models, a diamond makers plate on the underside “RCPM”. Expertly painted by Larry Goddard and signed on the underside “Paintwork L.W.Goddard ’82” all giving provenance. Until I acquired this model it had not turned a wheel in 37 years since painting. Just needing a little light oil on the bearings and worm drive, TLC and a minor adjustment and it is as good as new again. It has been built using the split axle system, power collection to the motor being through un-insulated wheels and the main frames. A system rarely used since the introduction of Slaters type insulated wheels. It runs superbly.
LB&SCR Stroudley B1 class 0-4-2 no. 179. This model was bought off of Ebay, superbly part built, from scratch in brass. I do not buy many models from auction unless I can handle them and see them with my own eyes. But the build quality of this looked so good that I could not resist it. The tender was pretty well complete, as was the chassis and cab. All wheels (Slaters) were supplied and the boiler was supplied as a cut-out flat sheet. All I had to do was fit an ABC motor and gear unit, roll the boiler, make it fit (which wasn’t easy) and then make it all work. Doesn’t sound much, does it? But I can tell you it gave me some headaches. Warren Haywood has expertly added the paint for me. She runs like a dream, so all’s well with Ebay and well worth the risk.
The model is of course of one of the famous and very successful “Gladstone” class express passenger locomotives, designed by William Stroudley. When running in it’s original livery no. 179 was named “Sandown”, but after Stroudleys’ death, his successor Earl Marsh had it repainted in his own very attractive umber livery, without the painted name. It also carries Marsh’s design of smokebox door, continuous handrail over the smokebox and tender fenders. Otherwise she is in as built condition, including the very attractive brass cab side number plates, as running circa 1906.