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 by Bill Davis, a good friend of mine for many years and 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. ABC motor and gear unit, collecting power by the American system. Expertly painted by Ian Rathbone.

L&YR Aspinal 6′-0″ 4-4-0 (Peacock) no. 978

L&YR Aspinal 6′-0″ 4-4-0 (Peacock) no. 978
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Barton Wright/Aspinal 6′-0″ 4-4-0 (nicknamed a “Peacock”). Beautifully built from scratch and painted by Gordon Heywood in 1963, provenance painted on the underside of the running plate. I didn’t realise that build quality like this was achievable in the sixties, other than by the famous names of Stanley Beeson and Bernard Miller. The crests, all lettering and lining have been painted by hand and the quality of the etched cabside number plates and the “Beyer Peacock & Co.Ltd. Manchester 1883” builders plates, shaped around the opening of the leading coupling rod splasher, is superb. The livery is still in very good condition for such an early model and the detail inside the cab is also superb. The wheels have been expertly machined from good quality cast iron blanks and I believe the motor and gears are home made. This model is for sale. See the models for sale page of this website.

LNWR Webb 5′-6″ 2-4-2T no. 338

LNWR Webb 5′-6″ 2-4-2T no. 338
LNWR Webb 5′-6″ 2-4-2T no. 338. This model has been built from the Mercian kit by Nigel Smith, with full and working Joy valve gear, giving excellent movement in the space between the frames and below the boiler. Painted to an exceptional standard by Ian Rathbone, it carries his little red nameplate below the running plate as provenance.

This superb model s for sale. If interested in buying, see the models for sale https://www.7mmloco.co.uk/shop_new/page of this website.

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 with sound, the switch being easily accessible via the opening smokebox door. 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.