This page shows some of the models that have been through the Rhos Helyg Locomotive Works recently.

Latest additions appear at the top of the page.

Please see the Gallery page for more finished models.

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Cheddar Models Hercules 0-6-0 No. 12 "MAIA"

MAIA had been in store for a number of years before coming here for inspection and repair before being used again. A number of problems soon came to light, and all caused by use of exceptionally hard water at some point. Chalky deposits were everywhere, including the tender water tank. This had resulted in the tender hand pump, the whistle valve and the boiler filler Goodall valve all ceasing to function as they should. The bottom fitting on the boiler water gauge glass was also blocked, and so gave a false reading of the boiler water level. A thorough descale and clean improved matters, and the various fittings were individually cleaned and checked. While here it also had its regulator and reverser servos replaced (one was dead when it arrived), had a Summerlands chuffer pipe fitted and had a Yatton Models TRXS radio control system installed.

Roundhouse Engineering Billy 0-4-0T No. 16 "ROVER"

A change from the usual black, blues, greens and reds, this yellow Billy received red and white lining edged in black, an all-over satin finish and name and number plates from MDC. While it was in bits the smokebox dart was changed from the wheel type to the two-handle type.

Roundhouse Engineering Millies 0-4-0TT "HEBE", "HERA" and "HERO"

Three little maids... I'm not sure what the collective noun for Millies might be, but here are HEBE, HERA and HERO. These arrived here as factory-fresh models and each then received the following changes:
 - Rhos Helyg Loco Works tender.
 - Re-siting of gas tank from cab to tender.
 - New cab inspired by the Isle of Man Steam Railway locos.
 - Re-siting of lubricator to improve access.
 - Chimney extension.
 - Smokebox handrail.
 - Door opening in cab back.
 - Fall plate (footplate) between cab back and tender front.
 - Fitting of Accucraft chopper couplings.
 - Installation of single-channel radio control.

A number of Roundhouse components were also fitted, including slide bars, crossheads, safety valve bonnet, front sand boxes, water top up system, boiler water gauge glass, pressure gauge, dummy whistle, water tank filler caps and screw jacks.

All of this was followed by a repaint in to the owner's standard stealth black lined in blue and red. Name and number plates were provided by MDC.

Roundhouse Engineering Lady Anne 0-6-0 No. 7 "WILLIAM ARMSTRONG"

WILLIAM ARMSTRONG is an interesting variation of the Roundhouse Lady Anne. It was built by the owner using kits supplied by Roundhouse but with modified bodywork and the addition of a tender. The bodywork parts were sent to me for painting in a specific colour: Muscat Green. This is the colour used on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway's loco NORTHERN ROCK. My paint supplier and all other usual sources could not get even close to what was required, so a bit of research was needed. Fortunately a good friend works for the R&ER and he came to the rescue with a colour sample taken from the tin of paint applied to the full-size loco. I passed this on to my paint supplier, who scanned it and mixed the paint to match. Maroon lining and the usual cream/black cab interior completed my part of the job, and the parts were then returned to the owner for assembly. (Photo by Paul Humphries)

The Train Department ⅞ths-scale coal waggons

These coal waggons were built from TD52040 Waist Side Coal Wagon Kits supplied by The Train Department (USA). The owner decided he did not like the steel chassis and small wheels provided so these were replaced by the larger wheels shown. There are 206 individual components in each one of these wagons, of which 114 are the tiny black nails holding the strapping in place. Painting and weathering will be done by their owner.

The Train Department ⅞ths-scale Welsh slate waggons

These slate waggons were built from TD5105 Welsh Steel Slate Wagon Kits supplied by The Train Department (USA). They are made of laser-cut steel with whitemetal castings and are held together by bolts and rivets. A couple of modifications made during assembly have increased the rigidity of the bodywork and improved their appearance. After assembly they were painted and received various degrees of rusting and weathering.

David Bailey Designs ⅞ths-scale Penrhyn Quarry Fullersite waggons

Four Penrhyn Quarry Fullersite waggons of two different designs made up from David Bailey Designs kits and then suitably aged and weathered.

Chris Green 0-4-0 "VICTORIA"

An unusual machine, VICTORIA is meths-fired and is powered by a 2-cylinder oscillating engine driving a gear on the front jackshaft. It was purchased by the current owner at the 1988 16mm Association AGM. The works plates read GREEN / 1987 / ENGINEERS and the plate on the front reads NERRISGECH SLATE QUARRY, so not giving any huge clues as to who built it. However, an appeal for information on Facebook soon found the builder: Chris Green. Chris kindly wrote, "I built it in 1987. The oscillating engine was as built for me by Dave Baker, who is better known for Gauge 1 locos. It's very roughly based on a Sentinel quarry loco. I sold it to Tennents Model Shop in Halesowen, who then sold it on at the AGM. I used the funds to purchase my first lathe. As for Nerrisgech Slate quarry, you will have difficulty finding it in any books, but take a little look at the letters in my name. Glad to see it is still running after 30 years.". It came to me for a full strip and repaint, an overhaul of the steam engine to improve its running and prevent leaks, and replacement of the burner wicks.

Peter Angus / Mike Lax Darjeeling D-Class Garratt 0-4-0+0-4-0

This is a Peter Angus / Mike Lax model of the Darjeeling & Himalaya Railway's Garratt. It uses Roundhouse Engineering running gear and is very similar to Roundhouse's model of the same loco. The major difference is that this model has a ceramic gas burner in a tubed boiler and so needs an electric blower to raise steam and then uses its steam blower to maintain a draught through the fire.

It carried rather garish Darjeeling blue when the owner acquired it, but the full-size loco was scrapped in the mid-1950s, many years before the blue livery first appeared, so a more suitable colour scheme was required. The owner then suggested returning it to the condition of the loco shown in the Beyer Peacock works photos, which show a number of differences from later photos. To achieve this the changes included removal of the headlights, removal of the flared top from the coal bunker, shortening the front tank filler and addition of a rear spectacle plate.

Other changes made to the model were moving the front spectacle rings upwards to a more prototypical position and conversion from radio to manual control.

All of this was followed by repainting in Deep Brunswick Green with orange lining and black edging.

The photos show the model after completion of my work, the model as it arrived here and two Beyer Peacock works photos of the Darjeeling's Garratt in original condition.

DJB Engineering Festiniog Railway 0-4-4ST "TALIESIN"

The model depicts Taliesin in its original open-cab form. It came here for replacement of its interference-prone 40MHz radio control with an Ikonnik KA-6 2.4GHz system, and a repaint of its boiler. The paint on the boiler was going soft when the boiler was hot, which had resulted in it being covered in finger prints, rag marks and fluff.

This page was last updated on 18th December 2017