L&NWR Webb rebuilt Metropolitan Tank 4-4-2T no. 3095

L&NWR Webb rebuilt Metropolitan Tank 4-4-2T no. 3095. Built from scratch many years ago. Bought because I have never seen a model of one of these locos before and it looked straight and basically well built. It has since been completely stripped down and rebuilt with Slaters wheels and a Portescap RG7 motor and gears assembly. The existing wiper pickups have been reused as they still work perfectly. Also many fresh castings, mainly from the Laurie Griffin range have been used in the rebuild to give it the detail that I believe all fine scale models of locomotives should have. Now repainted by myself and John Cockcroft has made a superb job of the lining out by bow pen. She was tested at the Poachers running session in June 2022 and performed smoothly and powerfully with my rake of seven L&NWR arc roofed coaches, which complemented the period piece perfectly. This model may not be a perfect scale replica of the real thing and I’m sure that it wasn’t originally the work of the great James Stanley Beeson, but I am delighted with how this “basket case” that I very riskily bought from auction last year has turned out. I like the L&NWR locos and the unusual in particular and this fits the bill, spot on. Find another? 

BR(ScR) Thompson B1 class 4-6-0 no. 61407

BR(ScR) B1 class no. 61407
BR(ScR) B1 class no. 61407

    BR(ScR) Thompson B1 class 4-6-0 no. 61407. A quality build many years ago, from the excellent Piercy Models kit, with the very fine Alan Harris (AJH) cast metal wheels and a Portescap RG7 motor/gear unit. This lovely model had been originally painted in LNER lined black as number 1059, an Ipswich loco, but with the curved strengthening pieces to the corners of the running plate that only Cowlairs Works carried out on Scottish locos. I am 100% sure that no Ipswich loco would ever have had this modification, especially in LNER days, so the model has now been stripped of it’s original paint and has been expertly repainted in this totally authentic new guise by John Cockcroft. Not only does she now look the part, but she also performs very well, even on the 5′-5″ radius curves of my test track. This model is for sale, if interested please see the “Models for sale” section of this website.

LNER (ex GNR) C12 class 4-4-2T no. 7367

LNER no. 7367
LNER no. 7367
LNER (ex GNR) C12 class 4-4-2T no. 7367. A top quality model, believed to have been built from the Meteor models kit with many additional details. Built to scale 7 standards, with sprung hornblocks, fully working inside motion, Allan Harris (AJH) wheels and powered by an ABC motor and gears unit. Expertly painted and weathered by Colin Dowling (eastsidepilot.com) in the late 1940’s plain black livery. It was built on commission for the late Michael Brooks (the originator of Masterpiece Models) for use on his famous Monks Eleigh scale 7 layout. This model is for sale, if interested please see it in the models for sale section of this website.

BR(ex LMS) Fowler Patriot class 4-6-0 no. 45550.

Patriot no. 45550
Patriot no. 45550
BR(MR) Fowler Patriot class 4-6-0 no. 45550.

Extremely well built and detailed, the loco from the David Andrews kit and the tender from the JM “Just Magic” kit, by John Taylor of Halifax. Cast metal wheels and an ABC motor and gear unit. A very impressive model which I recently found in auction and have been lucky enough to acquire for my collection. Very unusual to see a model of an un-named Patriot. Also very unusual to see a model with one of the Stanier 3500 gallon high straight sided tenders. Only ten of these tenders were built and were originally used with new Jubilees 5607 through to 5616. 45550 used one of these tenders between 1942 and 1956. Doubly unusual and totally authentic, so a very rare model indeed. After living with this loco for a few weeks I have decided that the paintwork does not match the quality of the build and stripped it for a repaint. Also the beading around the edges of the tender sides and back has been removed and replaced with a similar but lighter section. This well built model will be in Warren Haywood’s workshop before long for a new coat of paint which will hopefully be of a quality that matches the impressive build.

BR(MR) Princess Coronation class Pacific no. 46256 Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S.

46256 Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S.
46256 Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S.
BR(MR) Princess Coronation class Pacific no. 46256 Sir William A. Stanier F.R.S.
Extremely well built and detailed, from the David Andrews kit by John Taylor of Halifax, painted and weathered, probably by the same chap. ABS cast wheels (note the hollow axles as per the real thing) and an ABC motor and gear unit. A very impressive model which I recently found in auction and have been lucky enough to acquire for my collection. My opinion about the BR blue livery on locos, has been that it is suited only to A4’s…..until now.

London Brighton & South Coast Railway K class 2-6-0 no. 337

LBSC 337

LBSC 337
London Brighton & South Coast Railway K class 2-6-0 no. 337. An elderly model of a rare to see prototype which has been now been restored into a rarely modelled livery. Originally well built from the Ace etched brass kit by J. Dinnage, this was acquired from auction and has now been stripped down and the loco rebuilt with Slaters wheels and an ABC motor and gear assembly. Now repainted in the very attractive Marsh umber livery by John Cockcroft. Designed in 1913 by Mr. Billinton, these attractive locos were painted in the LBSC plain black goods livery, until in 1923, probably to use up old paint stocks, number 337 and two others of the class were outshopped in this passenger umber, a livery singularly suited to the class. This lovely model is for sale, see the models for sale section of this website.

BR(E) (ex LNER) D16/3 class 4-4-0 no. 62614.

62614

62614
BR(E) (ex LNER) D16/3 class 4-4-0 no. 62614. This model was built from scratch by Laurie Griffin, with many of the parts being cut out on a pantograph mill. Fully working inside motion, Alan Harris wheels and powered by an ABC motor and gears unit, picking up current via the American method. Martin Welch takes the credit for the painting, lining and weathering. It was built on commission for Michael Brooks (the originator of Masterpiece Models) for use on his famous Monks Eleigh scale 7 layout. The model has now been converted to finescale wheel standards.

South Eastern & Chatham Railway D class 4-4-0 no.729

SECR D class 4-4-0 no.729

SECR D class 4-4-0 no.729
South Eastern & Chatham Railway Wainwright D class 4-4-0 no.729. This fabulous model of a fabulous prototype is by the Lee Marsh Model Co. and was constructed with fully working inside motion in South Korea, with DC/DCC control and sound. The build quality and paint finish (cellulose) is second to none and the model, although second hand, is still in mint condition. Thank you ebay.

L&YR Aspinal 7′-3″ 4-4-0 no. 1224 (Flyer)

L&YR Aspinal 7′-3″ 4-4-0 no. 1224 (nicknamed a “Flyer”). Expertly built from scratch by Peter Priestley, with fully working inside motion and Joy valve gear. Beautifully painted some years ago in the L&Y fully lined black livery, which is still in remarkably good condition, proving that this model has been well looked after throughout it’s life. Fitted with a powerful motor and gears, this 4-4-0 is a good performing example of a wheel arrangement that is notoriously difficult to get good adhesion to the track.

LNWR A class 0-8-0 compound no. 2545

LNWR A class 0-8-0 compound no. 2545

LNWR A class 0-8-0 compound no. 2545. Built from scratch in 2006 by Bill Davis, (a good friend of mine for many years). I’m now very happy to own such an unusual example of his fabulous craftsmanship. He has built this model of a 3 cylinder compound prototype with a working representation of the inside low pressure cylinder. It took him 192.5 hours to build and it cost the client £2,200. The Alan Harris (AJH) wheels and crank axle alone cost £609.75. Fitted with an ABC Mini S /Maxon motor and gear unit, collecting power by the American system. Most castings are from the Hobby Horse range. Expertly painted by John Cockcroft.