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

GER Holden 4-6-0 no. 1501. Built from scratch by Walter (Wally) West using 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. A system that I have never seen the like of before. 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.

GCR class 8B 4-4-2 Atlantic no. 1086

Jersey Lily 1086
GCR class 8B 4-4-2 Atlantic no. 1086. Built from scratch by Walter (Wally) West using non-insulated 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. A system that I have never seen the like of before. 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 (in 1980 at a cost of £75) by Les Richards in fully lined GCR passenger livery.

LNER D49 (Hunt) class no. 234 Yorkshire

234 Yorkshire
LNER D49 (Hunt) class no. 234 Yorkshire. Built from scratch by Walter (Wally) West using rim insulated wheels turned from extremely good castings, probably by Alan Harris (AGH). The driving wheel axles are telescopic and pinned to set the quartering. Power is collected by plunger pick-ups on both the driving wheels and bogie 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. This model is unusual for a Wally West tender loco build as it does not rely on the tender to collect the power from the track. Superbly painted (in 1970 at a cost of £20) by Bernard Miller in fully lined LNER passenger green livery, with hand painted lettering and numbers. In the Gauge O Guild Gazette of April 1967, Wally replied to a letter, about another D49 of his “The Oakley” which had been on display at the A.G.M. of 1966, “I had hoped to have at the meeting a second D49 “Yorkshire” which is fitted with a Pittman DC91 mechanism with 12:1 gears, to compare the running. However it was not finished in time”.

GCR Robinson class 8K 2-8-0 no. 1185.

GCR Robinson class 8K 2-8-0 no. 1185. Built from scratch by Walter (Wally) West. This model has a wire drive at drawbar level, from the motor and gears in the loco through to a very heavy flywheel unit mounted in the tender, producing a powerful locomotive with very good slow running qualities. Superbly painted by Bernard Miller with hand painted lettering and crests, in the lined GCR mixed traffic livery.

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 Walter (Wally) West using un-insulated 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. A system that I have never seen the like of before. 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.

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 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. A system that I have never seen the like of before. 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. 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 Walters 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.