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.

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

LMS Stanier Jubilee class 4-6-0 no. 5703 Thunderer

LMS Stanier Jubilee class 4-6-0 no. 5703 Thunderer
LMS Stanier Jubilee class 4-6-0 no. 5703 Thunderer. Built from scratch by Michael Edge and carries his builders plates on the underside as provenance. Portescap motor and gear unit. Bought from the O gauge Guild executors service as 5579 Punjab, but Punjab was never a long firebox Jubilee in LMS days, so we had it changed and thanks to John Cockcroft for making such a good job of it.

Great Central Railway class 8 4-6-0 (Fish engine) no.1067

Great Central Railway class 8 4-6-0 (Fish engine) no.1067
GCR Robinson class 8 4-6-0 no. 1067. Built from scratch by Wally West circa mid-seventies, using a JH motor and a double reduction gear unit, with wheels turned from good castings. probably by Miller, Swan & Co. 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. 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 Bernard Miller with hand painted lettering and crests in lined GCR mixed traffic livery. An identical twin of this model, also numbered 1067, was built by Wally at the same time. That model has since had water scoop apparatus fitted to the tender by Geoff Holt and has also had it’s paint stripped and has been repainted by Alan Brackenborough. My model above has had it’s smokebox door replaced by, in my opinion, a more accurate representation, rail jacks added either side of the smokebox and a pair of whistles (replacing a single one) added to the cab roof. So no longer are they identical.

Great Northern Railway Ivatt class C1 4-4-2 no. 990 Henry Oakley

Great Northern Railway Ivatt class C1 4-4-2 no. 990 Henry Oakley
GNR Ivatt class C1 4-4-2 no. 990 Henry Oakley. Built in 1966 from scratch by Walter (Wally) West, using a Pittman DC81 motor and gear unit. With the knowledge of the friendship between Wally and Bernard Miller at the time of build, it is very likely that the wheel castings are from the Miller Swan & Co. range. The split axles and insulated spacers between the frames allow power to be collected from the tender wheels, via sprung plungers/tender buffers, connecting with contact faces on the back of the loco. 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 Bernard Miller with hand painted lettering and numerals in the fully lined GNR passenger green livery.
I have a dislike of collecting models of preserved locos, but as the model is in it’s short smokebox (saturated) condition and the preserved loco has a long smokebox it is not a model of the loco as preserved. In fact the preserved loco wasn’t superheated until 1923, so I think I’m correct in saying that it would not have carried the GNR livery, as it has since it has been preserved, whilst it had a long smokebox.
A letter has come to light dated March 10th 1966 where Bernard tells Wally “I am delighted to hear about the GN Atlantic and shall look forward to seeing it very much indeed. Wally M. (Mayhew) tells me that you are also building one for him”.
This model, according to Wally’s widow Mary, was his favorite and for it’s age has been rarely used. The paintwork has needed no repairs and it still runs like a dream. The Gauge O Guild Gazette of January 1968 lists a “GNR 4-4-2 (Mr. West)”, on display at the A.G.M. of 1967 and of January 1969 a “GNR 4-4-2 Klondyke by W. West”, is listed as being on display at the A.G.M. of 1968.

BR(ex GWR) 2301 class 0-6-0 Dean Goods no. 2538

Dean Goods 2538
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 before painting by myself and weathering by Richard Pogson. She now runs very well and looks good too.
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

Barry Railway "K" class 0-6-2T no, 119

Barry Railway "K" class 0-6-2T no, 119
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.

LSWR Adams 380 class 4-4-0 no. 381

LSWR Steamroller 381
LSWR Steamroller 381
LSWR 380 class 4-4-0 no. 381. This class of 12 locomotives were the first tender locos designed by William Adams. They were built by Beyer Peacock & Co. at the Gorton Foundry, Manchester in 1879. Dubbed “Steamrollers” by reason of their disc bogie wheels and stovepipe chimneys. When built, Beatties’  umber passenger livery was used, with green and orange lining and with the London and South Western Railway Co. crest above the brass numbers on the cab side. From about 1885 they were repainted into the Adams mixed traffic loco livery of Holly green with black borders, edged by a fine bright green line. This old but accurate model has been built circa. 1955 to a very high standard, obviously from scratch probably by John Hart (who also produced the RM and early JH motor/gears). She is still mechanically very good. The original RM 3 pole motor, no. 577, gears and flywheel are smooth and quiet and move the model swiftly and elegantly. The wheels are good quality cast iron, verging on the coarse side of finescale. Since originally listed, she has been stripped of her original paint, which had turned very dark with age and expertly re-painted in the mixed traffic livery described above by Warren Haywood.

LB&SCR Stroudley B1 class 0-4-2 no. 179

Gladstone class no. 179
Gladstone class no. 179
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.

Midland Railway class 4 Compound 4-4-0 no. 1009

Midland Railway class 4 Compound 4-4-0 no. 1009

Midland Railway class 4 Compound 4-4-0 no. 1009. Bought part built, basically from the well known and excellent Slaters kit, but with many additional features, for example the early type Deeley tender with straight edges to the base of the tank. Rarely modelled, but historically correct for the prototype. Only ten of these tenders were built and originally fitted to numbers 1005 to 1014. Now finished by myself and in full working order with wiper pick-ups and side springing to the bogie. The model is fitted with the excellent Ron Chaplin Gold gears and motor unit and has been superbly painted and lined with bow-pen by John Cockcroft.