LNER Gresley A1 class Pacific no. 4479 Robert the Devil

Robert the Devil
Robert the Devil
LNER Gresley A1 class Pacific no. 4479 Robert the Devil. 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 Robert the Devil (and his twin brother Great Northern, who will be appearing on this site very soon) were left unfinished until in early 2020, when I was commissioned by his 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. This model is now in the possession of Wally’s daughter Jane, as a memento of her father’s modelling skills.

RSH 0-6-0ST Aberconway

RSH 0-6-0ST Aberconway
Aberconway, built from scratch with fully working inside motion, circa late 1990’s by Walter (Wally) West using wheels turned from good quality castings. The split axles and insulated spacers between the frames allow power to be collected through the non-insulated wheels and the frames to the JH motor and a double reduction gear unit. All brake blocks are made from non conductive material to eliminate shorting across the brake rigging. All loco axles have sprung hornblocks. Superbly painted in fully lined green livery by Alan Brackenborough. The detail of the hand applied lining in particular should be admired. A superbly built and painted model in every respect. The full size locomotive, which Wally fired as a lad, was a Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns 0-6-0ST no. 6942 of 1938 and worked at Cadeby colliery near Doncaster. She was scrapped in late 1963. I have had the model working with my rake of 20 mineral wagons and brake van. She has a modest top speed which is perfect for the job and would certainly pull twice that load, quietly and with no fuss.

Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0ST Sprotborough

Sprotborough, built from scratch with fully working inside motion, circa late 1990’s by Walter (Wally) West using wheels turned from good quality castings. The split axles and insulated spacers between the frames allow power to be collected through the non-insulated wheels and the frames to the JH motor and a double reduction gear unit. All brake blocks are made from non conductive material to eliminate shorting across the brake rigging. All loco axles have sprung hornblocks. Superbly painted in fully lined green livery by Alan Brackenborough. The detail of the hand applied lining in particular should be admired. A superbly built and painted model in every respect. The full size locomotive, which Wally fired as a lad, was a Hawthorn Leslie 0-6-0ST no. 3658 of 1926 and worked at Cadeby colliery near Doncaster. She was scrapped in June 1966. I have had the model working with my rake of 20 mineral wagons and brake van. She has a modest top speed which is perfect for the job and would certainly pull twice that load, quietly and with no fuss.

LNER (ex NER) J72 class 0-6-0T no. 524

LNER (ex NER) J72 class 0-6-0T no. 524
LNER (ex NER) J72 class 0-6-0T no. 524. Built circa 1966 by Walter (Wally) West using 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 through the non-insulated wheels and frames to the Pittman type motor and gears. All brake blocks are made from non conductive material to eliminate shorting across the brake rigging. All loco axles have sprung hornblocks. Originally painted by brush, believed by Wally Mayhew, in fully lined LNER black livery. This lovely little model has seen some use, but still works well and is shown on Arthur Dewar’s layout in Jack Ray’s book ‘Model Railways and their builders’ published by Atlantic Press. The original care worn paintwork has now been stripped by myself and been repainted exactly as it was by John Cockcroft, at the request of the West family.

Midland Railway 0-4-4T passenger tank no. 1832

Midland Railway 0-4-4T passenger tank no. 1832
Midland Railway 0-4-4T passenger tank no. 1832. Built circa early 1970’s by Walter (Wally) West using a set of pantograph milled parts produced by Ron Spiers and wheels turned from very good castings, probably by Miller, Swan & Co. The split axles and insulated spacers between the frames allow power to be collected through the non-insulated wheels and frames to the John Hart RM type motor no. 1048. All brake blocks are made from non conductive material to eliminate shorting across the brake rigging. All loco axles have sprung hornblocks. Superbly painted in fully lined Midland Railway passenger livery by Bernard Miller.

LNER D49 (Hunt) class no. 366 The Oakley

366 The Oakley
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.

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 Walter (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. Well painted by an unknown person in the Caledonian Railway fully lined passenger blue livery.

North Eastern Railway Tennant 2-4-0 no. 1463

North Eastern Railway Tennant 2-4-0 no. 1463
North Eastern Railway Tennant 2-4-0 no. 1463. Built circa 2005, from scratch with fully working inside motion, by Walter (Wally) West using wheels turned from castings by Alan Harris (AGH). 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. The plungers also double up as tender buffers. 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 in fully lined North Eastern Railway passenger livery by Alan Brackenborough. This model also features very fine cab interior detail, is powered by a Portescap motor/gear unit and is in superb (virtually unused) working condition. A superbly built and painted model in every respect.

GER S46 (Claud Hamilton) Class 4-4-0 no. 1885

Claud 1885
Claud 1885
GER S46 (Claud Hamilton) Class 4-4-0 no. 1885. Built in the mid 1980’s from scratch by Walter (Wally) West using a John Hart RM (short) type motor no. 1352 and wheels turned from extremely good castings, probably by Alan Harris (AGH). 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 Alan Brackenborough in 1986 at a cost of £100, in the GER fully lined passenger livery.

Great Eastern Railway Holden 4-6-0 no. 1501

Great Eastern Railway Holden 4-6-0 no. 1501
GER Holden 4-6-0 no. 1501. Built in the mid 1960’s, from scratch by Walter (Wally) West using wheels turned from very 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 in the GER fully lined passenger livery. The edges of the running plate are showing their age and the faces of the wheel tyres need repainting, but nothing that a little conservation cannot put right. The important areas of the paint are still very good. Cabside number plates have now been found and added since the model was previously displayed on this website.