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Accucraft Baguley 0-6-0 diesel

The body from this Accucraft Baguley diesel came here for painting in Festiniog-inspired green with red lining and black edging, and was then returned to its owner for reassembly. (Photo by Phil Roberts)

Accucraft Baldwin 4-6-0T as Welsh Highland Railway 590

Here we see an Accucraft Baldwin 4-6-0T modified in to a representation of the Welsh Highland Railway's Baldwin 590. The changes included removal of the chimney cap and front and rear headlamps and the addition of the following:
 - Vacuum brake pipe, with "swan necks" front and rear
 - Vacuum ejector steam pipe (cab to rear of steam dome)
 - Vacuum ejector exhaust pipe (cab to smokebox)
 - "Eyebrows" on cab spectacle rings
 - Rear lamp bracket
 - Cab roof extension
 - Dummy coal load
 - 590 numbers on tank sides

All new parts were painted to match the original matt black finish. Baldwin Locomotive Works plates made by MDC Plates completed the cosmetic alterations.

Accucraft Baldwin 4-6-0T as Ashover Light Railway "JOAN"

Another modified Accucraft Baldwin 4-6-0T which had already been converted in to a representation of an Ashover Light Railway loco before it came here. Using photographs of the full-size JOAN as a guide, some additional detailing was applied (in particular the prominent steam exhaust pipe on the front of the cab and the large water balance pipe connecting the two side tanks) and the headlamp and vacuum brake pipework were removed. This was followed by a general toning down of the rather too clean paintwork and weathering of the tank tops and smokebox. Custom name and works plates were supplied by MDC.

Accucraft Caradoc 0-4-0T "SCRABSTER"

Scrabster's owner was having trouble maintaining steam pressure and a usable water level in the boiler when running, and brought it here for investigation. The problem turned out to be an issue with the boiler itself with several leaks around the backhead, and which unfortunately was not repairable. A replacement boiler in the identical green colour was obtained, and the orange lining either side of the brass boiler bands was applied before reassembly and successful steam testing.

Accucraft Edrig 0-4-0T "SIR DOUGLAS"

Accucraft Edrig "Sir Douglas" came here for repair after an accident had caused it to nose dive in to the ground. This resulted in it suffering a bent front buffer beam and some damage to the paintwork. The buffer beam was straightened out and repainted, and the body was repainted in satin green with a cream and black cab interior.

Accucraft Leader 0-4-2ST "LEADER"

This Accucraft Leader 0-4-2ST was finished with the intention of showing the loco as it was when it worked for Bowaters Paper in Sittingbourne during the 1960s, rather than as it is preserved now. With that in mind, the saddle tank was lightly weathered and Leader's distinctive rusty patch around the saddle tank filler was recreated. The factory green paintwork was lined in yellow with black edging and then finished in satin clear coat, with matt black smokebox and cab roof. Real coal in the bunkers completed the job.

Since completion of my work, the owner has been working hard to make his loco look even more work-worn by dirtying the frames and cylinders and by adding a wealth of extra detail, including name plates and works plates supplied by MDC. The wonderful result is shown here and looking just like The Real Thing!

Accucraft Leader 0-4-2ST "STANHOPE"

Another Accucraft Leader 0-4-2ST, this time finished finished in Penrhyn Quarry Railway livery to represent their locomotive STANHOPE. This loco came here in factory blue and was repainted in black, lined in blue and red and then finished was a satin clear coat. Repainting the smokebox in matt black and putting real coal in the bunkers completed the job. The second picture shows the same loco with its name and works plates in place, and acquiring a nice workaday look.

And another one... This brand-new Accucraft Leader was also turned in to Penrhyn Quarry's "STANHOPE" with some red and blue lining, satin black bodywork, a matt black smokebox, cream and black cab interior and name plates and Kerr Stuart works plates provided by MDC. Also included in this job was the fitting of two-channel radio control (for regulator and reverser).

Accucraft Leader 0-4-2ST "SOFIE GRACE"

These photos show the lining job on Chris Bird's Accucraft "Leader". As with his Roundhouse "Bertie", there was little point in sending the whole loco, so Chris only sent me the body for attention. The original factory maroon paint was retained and enhanced with cream lining and black edging, followed by a satin clear coat. Also like the "Bertie", Chris has written a superb step-by-step guide to the modifications he has made to this loco to produce the result shown (note the cylinder covers - very nice!) and which can be found here. (Photos by Chris Bird)

Accucraft NG15 2-8-2 148

An impressive model, from any angle. This NG15 has had all of its wheel rims painted black, and the rear loco buffer beam also painted black as this should never have been painted red by Accucraft. It carries a replacement set of NG 148 buffer beam number plates and number and Henschel works plates supplied by MDC on its cab sides.

Most importantly, it has had its front cow catcher raised by about 2.5mm to give greater clearance over the rail head. As supplied, the cow catcher is very close to rail level and it would strike the smallest obstruction (moss, gravel, etc.) and could cause a derailment. A dip in the track could cause the cow catcher to slide along the rail head sufficiently to lift six of the eight driving wheels off the rails, so causing a lack of traction and a sometimes spectacular bout of wheelslip. The modification raises the cow catcher to avoid this problem and without changing its appearance significantly. The picture shows the cow catcher before and after modification.

This picture shows before (left) and after (right) views through the cab after moving the gas hose, two water hoses and the radio control cables to where they should be: under the floor. This job took some thinking about, and involved drilling a lot of holes in a very expensive model.

Accucraft NGG16 dummy fuel oil tank

Dummy fuel oil tank (as used on the Welsh Highland Railway from approximately 1997 until 2007) constructed for an Accucraft NGG16 Garratt.

Accucraft Ragleth 0-4-0T "KELDY CASTLE"

This brand-new loco was sent direct to us by an Accucraft dealer for lining in this attractive red and white scheme together with a matt black smokebox. "Keldy Castle" name plates were supplied by MDC.

Accucraft Ragleth 0-4-0T "NOBBY"

This Ragleth came here for the following work:
 - Chassis repairs and resetting of valve timing
 - Replacement of chopper couplings with hook-and-chain type
 - Fitting of a DJB resonator whistle
 - Installation of 3-channel radio control for regulator, reverser and whistle - and with no servos in the cab!
 - Repaint of bodywork from gloss blue to satin green with red and black lining
 - Repaint of smokebox and cab roof from gloss to matt black

Accucraft 7/8ths-scale Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST

Accucraft 7/8ths-scale Quarry Hunslets repainted in Penrhyn Quarries livery, including:
 - Red cranks, coupling rods and connecting rods
 - Red reverser and drain cocks reach rods
 - Matt black smokebox, chimney, couplings and wheels
 - Lining in red and blue
 - Satin black finish to saddle tank, cab sides and running plate
 - Name and works plates supplied by MDC.

Archangel 0-6-4T "SNOWDON RANGER"

The lucky owner of this brand-new Archangel Snowdon Ranger sent his model here for lining and fitting of radio control. This locomotive uses slip-eccentric valve gear so only a single-channel radio control system was needed. The lining was applied to the matt Archangel paintwork and then given a satin clear coat. The cab interior was painted in cream and black and the tank tops were also painted black.

Archangel 2-4-0T "RHEIDOL"

This loco was 32 years old (built December 1978) when it came here and it was certainly showing its age when it entered my workshop for a comprehensive overhaul and repaint. The work has been done in a way that is sympathetic to its heritage and pedigree but a number of improvements have been incorporated that improve its usability and operation. The work included:
 - Replacement of all pipework, including broken main steam pipe
 - Refixing of cranks and wheels to axles to remove "wobble"
 - Removal of wear from the slide valve
 - Replacement of piston rings, gland seals and gaskets
 - Altered smokebox door so that it can be removed to allow access to interior
 - Improved floor in smokebox which can easily be made air-tight
 - Nozzle in blower pipe to improve efficiency and reduce steam usage
 - Water tanks balance pipe moved from cab to under boiler
 - Overflow pipe fitted to meths burner to avoid "floods"
 - Wicks replaced with modern wick material
 - Tanks made watertight
 - Replacement of cab with original design
 - Replacement of coal rails around meths tank top
 - Stripped to bare metal for repaint in satin dark blue edged in black and lined in white

This loco can be seen in "as received" condition as an inset on the larger picture.

Archangel Vale of Rheidol 2-6-2T "PRINCE OF WALES"

Dating from the 1980s, this meths-fired Archangel loco had been bought at an auction but had not steamed for some time. The new owner asked us to do a full inspection and repair as necessary with a view to returning it to working order. A number of faults were found and corrected, including non-working pressure gauge, blocked blower, stuck clack valves and a missing cab step. The loco had its first run on a track for many years early in May 2010. A 4-page instruction booklet for the owner was also produced which explained the various controls and how to operate an internally-fired meths locomotive. Unfortunately, I was not asked to repaint the locomotive!

Atropos Penrhyn Quarry wagons

Diagram 085 Penryhn Slate Sled - Small Main Line Type
Diagram 084 Penryhn Slate Sled - Large Main Line Type

Diagram 089 Penryhn Runner Wagon - "Alan George" Type
Diagram 090 Penrhyn Coal Wagon - Early Type

Diagram 093 Penrhyn Rubbish Wagons - Splayed Sides, Wood Underframe, Early Type

Diagram 092 Penrhyn Rubbish Wagon - Parallel Sides, Wood Underframe, Early Type
Diagram 071 Penrhyn Slate Wagon - Wood Underframe

Diagram 071 Penrhyn Slate Wagons - Wood Underframe

Diagram 061 Penrhyn Fullersite Wagon - Hinged Sides
Diagram 063 Penrhyn Fullersite Wagon - Lift-Out Sides

Diagram 062 Penrhyn Fullersite Wagon – Lift-Out Sides and Ends
Diagram 091 Penrhyn Coal Wagon – Later End Door Type

Diagram 088 Penrhyn Runner Wagon – Shallow Buffer Headstock Type
Diagram 086A Penrhyn Slate Sled – Early Small Quarry Type

Bassett-Lowke Enterprise 4-4-0

You can't win them all... The owner of this Bassett-Lowke Enterprise contacted me to see if I would be interested in restoring his loco to its former glory. The loco dates from the 1930s and he told me "It has had some adventures in its lifetime, but ran quite well until the meths burner leaked, and led to a fairly spectacular fire". The result of that fire is seen here. After fixing a number of leaks and refixing the cylinders to the frames, I did manage to get it running, but only eratically. I found that the safety valve threads in the brass boiler had partially stripped and so it was impossible to raise more than a few pounds of steam pressure. The wheels would rotate when the loco was suspended on blocks but it did not have enough power to drag itself along a track. The owner and I agreed that further repair was uneconomic.

Big Big Train plastic tipper wagon

Big Big Train plastic tipper wagon with slate chippings load, with steel wheels and red oxide and rust paint finish. The second photo shows a short rake of these wagons being hauled by a Saltford Models "Simplex".

Binnie Engineering Festiniog Railway wooden slate waggon

Binnie Engineering injection-moulded plastic Festiniog Railway wooden slate waggon with correct pattern three-hole wheels running in brass bearings. Total weight is about 112 grams. After completion they are spray painted in red oxide, either all over and numbered 475 or with a matt black underframe (as shown) and numbered 79, to represent the preserved waggons of this type.

Binnie Engineering tipper/skip wagon

Binnie Engineering injection-moulded plastic tipper (or skip) wagon with all joints made using Plastic Weld solvent. Correct pattern Slater's four-hole steel wheels running in brass bearings were also fitted. Total weight is about 63 grams.

The top photograph shows a red oxide skip after "rusting".

The lower photograph shows a set of five skips in pale blue with "rusting", with the nearest one being built on a GRAMODELS frame incorporating a dummy handbrake and brake gear. The appearance of these skips was based on those that were used at the Liverpool Corporation Waterworks filter beds near Oswestry.

Bramble Line railcar body

Another kit assembly job, this time for a Bramble Line railcar. The body parts were formed to shape and soldered together, as shown here. The owner took on the task of turning it in to a fully-finished working model.

Brandbright PS19 bogie carriage

A Brandbright PS19 bogie carriage constructed and painted at the Rhos Helyg Locomotive Works.

Brandbright "Quality Quarry" whitemetal/brass tipper wagons

These four tipper wagons were constructed from Brandbirght "Quality Quarry" kits. They feature a white metal chassis with a brass and white metal tipping body and steel wheels.

Burton Leech "Jinty" 0-6-0T

Shown here are a pair of Burton Leech Jinties, ostensibly built for coarse scale O-gauge and which, despite their appearance, date from the 1980s. They have meths-fired pot boilers and are powered by a single cylinder and slip-eccentric valve gear between the frames. Neither had seen use for some time and one was found to be in reasonably good order after some attention to its burner wicks. The other was a different story and required attention to its piston, valve and several loose wheels to make it run. A replacement meths burner was also fabricated as its own was missing.

Cheddar Models Samson 0-4-0T "BRIGHT RIVER SAMSON"

This Cheddar Models "Samson" came here for a general check over after purchase second-hand by its owner. All of the Cheddar Models locomotives were robustly built and beautifully engineered, although they do have their own particular quirks! It is a real shame that they are no longer manufactured. This one had a heavily scaled boiler, and the chalky deposits had blocked the passages to the water level gauge glass causing it to give a false reading. A couple of days treatment with descaler resolved that problem. It had also been fitted with a 40MHz radio control system that was prone to interference, so this was replaced with a Planet T5 2.4GHz system.

Cheddar Models Hercules 0-6-0 "TINY TIM"

Anything but tiny, Tiny Tim came here for replacement of various O-rings and adjustment of its lubricator control valves.

Cooper Craft Festiniog Railway 2-ton slate waggon

Cooper Craft injection-moulded plastic Festiniog Railway 2-ton slate waggon fitted with Brandbright steel axles and wheels and an underfloor weight to increase its weight to about 165 grams. After completion it was painted and "rusted".

David Bailey Designs 7/8ths-scale Penrhyn Quarry slate waggons

Each wagon uses 100 individual copper and brass rivets in its construction, although all joints are soldered for extra strength. After completion they are painted with etch primer and then in a colour of the customer's choice, followed by weathering.

David Hick Peckett 0-4-0ST "PUCK"

David Hick made a number of these gas-fired Peckett 0-4-0ST locos in the 1980s and this one was bought on behalf of a model locomotive collector in the USA and shipped to him shortly afterwards. It changed ownership in 2012, but when the new owner tried to run it he found a few problems after its years of storage, and the plain pea green paintwork was looking very tired. After going through the process of registering Rhos Helyg Loco Works as an authorised temporary importer of goods for repair (and the acquisition of an EORI number from HM Revenue & Customs) the owner and I made the necessary arrangements for it to cross the Atlantic once again. I found and corrected problems with the valve timing and the safety valve, and followed this by a full repaint and lining in the scheme shown here. The job was completed with the name and works plates supplied by MDC. Gorgeous!

DJB Engineering Penrhyn Quarry slate wagons

DJB Engineering etched brass Penrhyn Quarry slate wagons featuring soldered construction for extra strength and with correct pattern curly spoked wheels running in brass axleboxes. After completion they are painted with etch primer and then in a colour of the customer's choice, followed by "rusting".

DJB Robert coal-fired 0-4-0TT

The DJB Robert is a fine kit for a coal-fired model locomotive, but my customer wanted his to be something a little different. The result is shown here.

The standard Robert model has the side tanks aligned with the front of the smokebox but a completely different look was achieved by moving them back towards the cab. The necessitated modifications to the tank undersides to accommodate the Hackworth valve gear together with different mountings and pipework arrangements. A Roundhouse George tender was added to carry coal. The loco was painted in satin finish bronze green and black paint.

DJB Robert coal-fired 0-4-0T

From this...

To this...

Life had not been kind or fair to this coal-fired DJB "Robert". It came to me initially for some attention to the valve gear and cylinders, but subsequent discussions with the owner resulted in his agreement for a full and comprehensive rebuild of the loco in to something of which both he and I could be proud.

The loco was completely dismantled and returned to its component parts, including all of the bodywork. Each component was stripped of paint and repaired where necessary, including some major repairs to the cab and side tanks to make them "square" and fit for purpose.

As part of the process, a hand water pump has been placed in the left-hand side tank (accessible through the hole under the tool box), and provision has been made for full access to it in the unlikely event that the pump should fail in some way in the future.

Faller railcars

For those that wish to economise on the running of their passenger services, here is a possible alternative to steam power. This battery-powered unit is made up of three Faller railcars mounted on Lima bogies and fitted with radio control taken from a toy car.

Finescale Engineering Peckett 0-4-0ST "MNEMENTH"

This 20-year old locomotive was showing its age and was looking a little scruffy. The owner specified that it was to be restored to its original as-new condition, so it was stripped back to bare metal and repainted in gloss blue with cream lining, but with blue cylinder covers instead of black.

Finescale Engineering Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST "ERNEST"

This loco was completely dismantled and stripped back to bare metal. It was then resprayed with etch primer and satin black. followed by lining in the Penrhyn Quarry Railway's scheme.

Finescale Glyn Valley Tramway loco "DENNIS"

This delightful model of Glyn Valley Tramway loco Dennis was built by Finescale Engineering in the early 1990s and came here for a number of repairs, including:
 - Leaking meths burner
 - Leaking lubricator
 - Pressure gauge not working correctly
 - Reversing lever jamming
 - Safety valve unreliable

The meths burner was also serviced and modified so that the boiler could supply enough steam for the 2-cylinder power unit as a second cylinder had been added to improve its performance.

Friog Railway Services Punch 0-4-0 diesel loco "ALEXANDER"

The three main body parts for this diesel loco were sent here by Friog Railway Services for painting in green and lining in red with black edging.

The second picture shows the loco after completion. (Photo by Rob Brown)

Another Friog Punch, painted in green and lined in red with black edging. (Photo by Phil Roberts)

Hugh Saunders Talyllyn Railway 0-4-2ST "EDWARD THOMAS"

This locomotive was dismantled and had the bodywork stripped back to bare metal. A dent in the saddle tank was repaired and two holes in the cab sides were filled in. The bodywork was then repainted using etch primer and Talyllyn bronze green top-coat, followed by lining in yellow with black edging. The paintwork was protected and given a satin finish by spraying with lacquer. The smokebox received coats of etch-primer and High Temperature matt black paint, the bufferbeams were painted red and the cab interior was painted cream. Real coal was fixed into the bunkers following reassembly.

Two years later another of these delightful locomotives came here for repairs and a repaint. The tank filler lid, spectacle rings and pump handle were missing from this loco, and I arranged manufacture and supply of replacements. The loco then had a complete strip and repaint in to Talyllyn bronze green lined in black and yellow, all with a gloss finish. The smokebox, cab roof and footplating was finished in satin black. Replacement of the missing works plates with new items from MDC completed the job.

Another one visited a few months later for repairs and a repaint. This one differed from the others by having a full cab back and a different type of meths burner, amongst other detail differences.

I P Engineering 0-4-0T "Jane"

This loco came here as the proverbial box of bits, with a request that it was assembled and tested in steam. The task included supplying the many missing components (gaskets, O-rings, screws, gauge glass) and some modifications to the cab layout to accomodate a gas fuel tank.

I P Engineering carriage

This carriage is one of three identical models built from I P Engineering's Festiniog Railway No. 15/16 kits and painted in a livery based on that used on some carriages at the Markeaton Park Light Railway in Derby.

I P Engineering Darjeeling carriages

These two carriages were built for a customer in Australia from I P Engineering kits. The roofs were deliberately not fixed on before shipping so that the customer could add internal detailing.

The second picture shows them after completion at their home in Australia. (Photo by Julia Bell)

I P Engineering cattle wagons

The first picture shows an I P Engineering cattle wagon which was built here and then painted and weathered. The second picture shows a cattle wagon that was built to 45mm gauge for a customer who wanted it to match his Accucraft Welshpool & Llanfair wagons in Great Western livery and so it was painted to match. It features Accucraft chopper couplings and opening side doors hinged at the bottom and held closed by chained pins.

I P Engineering MOD Low Loader

I P Engineering MOD Low Loader constructed, painted and weathered.

Kestrel plastic tipper wagon

Kestrel plastic tipper wagon with steel wheels and red oxide and rust paint finish.

Locobox Afrikaans Garratt 2-6-0-0-6-2 "MOUNT HELVELLYN"

A few repairs and modifications were made to this Locobox Afrikaans Garratt. The main change was to the front and rear pony trucks which now sport dummy axle box details, instead of the "naked wheel" arrangement that they used to have. The dummy axleboxes fitted to this loco are designed to cope with regauging from 32mm to 45mm, and vice versa. The repairs included remaking some of the soldered joints on the cab and tanks which had failed due to flexing of the bodywork.

Locobox Darjeeling Garratt 0-4-0-0-4-0 "HELEN"

This Locobox Darjeeling Garratt came here for the following work:
 - Replacement of flexible steam pipes to front engine unit
 - Repairs headlight wiring
 - Real coal added to rear coal bunker
 - Handles and hinge detail added to water tank fillers
 - Dummy smokebox door fitted
 - Summerlands chuffer pipe fitted
 - Cab roof paintwork resprayed

Locomotion Hunslet 0-4-0ST "PORT DINORWIC"

The owner of this fine machine sent it here for a service, some minor repairs and some attention to its paintwork. The original couplings were also replaced with I P Engineering centre buffer/hook type on specially-made mounting plates.

Locomotion Hunslet 0-4-0ST "CACKLER"

This particular model of Cackler by Locomotion was being a bit of a problem child and so it came here for some attention. The main problems concerned the pistons and valves, with the former so tight in their bores that it was almost impossible to rotate the wheels and the latter having a propensity to dismantle themselves at every opportunity. These issues were corrected, but still the problems continued with a steam leak in the smokebox, a blocked boiler water gauge, faulty gas burner and a safety valve that was anything but safe. The safety valves on these locos are unusual in that they rely on a spring under tension (rather than compression) for their operation, and the spring on this one "let go" of its top fitting in spectacular style during a bench test run. Fortunately it was working on compressed air at the time and there was no hot water or steam involved! The safety valve was successfully rebuilt and recalibrated by Shawe Steam Services.

Mac Muckley Talyllyn Railway 0-4-0WT "DOLGOCH"

A number of repairs were performed on this exquisite machine, including:
 - Replacment of piston O-rings
 - Resetting of valve timing
 - Replacement of boiler water gauge seals
 - Servicing and recalibration of pressure gauge

Merlin Hunslet 2-6-2T "KATIE"

The body (only) of this loco came here for repainting in satin black with the smokebox, cab roof and tank tops finished in matt black. (Photo by Dave Billmore)

Merlin Minstrel 0-4-0T

This Merlin Minstrel came here for stripping and repainting of the boiler and bodywork in to the Great Eastern Railway-inspired scheme of dark satin blue with red and black lining shown here, along with the obligatory white cab roof. The side tanks are made of tinplate and the cab from brass, and it also has a brass boiler. The paintwork on the frames was left for the owner's attention, at his request.

Merlin Monarch 0-4-0ST

The owner of this 1980s Merlin Monarch reported it to be "a bit wobbly" when running. Investigation revealed that the axles and their frame holes were badly worn so new inner axleboxes were made and fitted. It was found that the valve timing was out and this was corrected by making a replacement valve rod for one side. Brass pistons with O-ring seals replaced the original worn plastic pistons. Attention to the gas filler valve, pressure gauge and safety valve made it usable once more.

Mike Chaney Hero 0-4-0T

This Mike Chaney loco was repainted from maroon in to gloss black with red lining.

Mike Gaskin / Caterham Works No. 8 0-4-0 "ANT"

A bit of 16mm heritage... Mike Gaskin (Caterham Works) No. 8 "ANT" was here for attention after suffering from old-age and some accidental damage, including:
 - Manufacture and fitting of new coupling rods
 - Replacement of crank pins
 - Quartering and fixing of wheels
 - Valve setting
 - Replacement of meths burner wicks

The loco is powered by a single cylinder between the frames driving on to the rear crank axle. Slip-eccentic valve gear is used but it is unusual in that this is driven from the front axle.

The owner intends to deal with the bodywork repairs and a repaint.


VICTOR was repainted in "Improved Engine Green" (yellow ochre), lined in white with black edging, and finished off with a satin clear coat.

Paul Millington Hunslet 2-6-2T "RUSSELL"

This delightful model of the WHR's Russell was built by Paul Millington in 1997 and came here for a number of repairs, including:
 - One tank filler lid missing (copy made)
 - Loose cylinders
 - Leaking valve chest
 - Pressure gauge not working
 - Axle pump not working
 - Boiler clack valve not seating
 - Boiler gauge glass giving false readings

All of these issues were corrected and it was returned to the sewing machine-like performance for which Paul's locos are renowned. Lovely!

Pearse Locomotives Hunslet 2-6-2T Leeds No. 1

A very sought after machine, this model of Leeds No. 1 came here for a service and some minor repairs. Unfortunately the owner wanted it back...

Pearse Locomotives Hunslet 2-6-2T Welshpool & Llanfair No. 14

Simon Whenmouth at Anything Narrow Gauge sent me the bodywork and boiler from this Pearse Welshpool & Llanfair Railway No. 14 for repainting and lining. The parts were finished in the blue scheme with orange and red lining and carried by No. 14 a few years ago. The painted parts were then returned to Simon who reassembled the loco for his customer. (Photos by Simon Whenmouth and Rob Griffiths)

Peter Angus 0-4-0 "LUMPY TOM"

One of Peter's delightful creations, Lumpy Tom came here for replacement of its cylinder retaining springs and attention to a recalcitrant gas burner.

Peter Angus Glyn Valley Tramway loco "GLYN"

Another of Peter's delightful creations, GLYN came here from Anything Narrow Gauge for stripping, repainting and lining before onward shipment to its new owner in the USA.

PVMR Engineering Ltd Festiniog Railway 3-ton slate waggons

Festiniog Railway 3-ton slate waggons using a 3D-printed body from PVMR Engineering Ltd and Slater's axle boxes and wheels.

Rhos Helyg Loco Works coal-fired 0-6-0TT "BOWER GROVE"

This loco started life as a Sabre Steam UK coal-fired Annette, based on the successful Roundhouse Lady Anne chassis and bodywork. It was sent brand-new and direct from Sabre Steam for lining and a few other cosmetic jobs. A photo of it in its finished condition can be found in the elsewhere in this section.

While it was here, the owner asked for it to be tested in steam just to make sure that all was well. It wasn't. The loco would hardly move itself before running out of steam pressure as the fire died, and it was forever fighting steam and water leaks.

It was returned to Sabre for 2 months who then sent it direct to its owner, where it was found to still exhibit most of the same faults that I had found, plus one or two new ones. By this time Sabre Steam were starting to go out of business, and so the loco came back here for whatever attention was needed to make it work reliably.

After much thought and discussion, and with the boiler (an item bought-in by Sabre) appearing to be sound, a complete rebuild was found to be the only way forward for this particular loco. Anything less would always have been a compromise. The work included:
 - Smokebox blast pipe/blower pipe arrangements re-designed to improve draughting.
 - Fire grate replaced with improved design to avoid clogging with ash.
 - Steam blower valve mounting on turret improved to give stronger fixing.
 - Steam pipe connections remade with silver (hard) solder instead of soft solder.
 - Axle-driven water pump replaced with pump supplied by DJB Engineering.
 - All water circuit pipework checked for leaks and repaired where necessary.
 - All silicone water circuit pipework replaced with copper tube.
 - Scoring damage repaired on cylinder slide valves surfaces.
 - Valve setting adjusted for optimum performance in both directions.
 - Water tanks rebuilt to give capacity increase and to stop leaks when full.
 - Stay added across top of side tanks to increase rigidity of bodywork.
 - Bodywork and boiler stripped to bare metal and repainted.
 - Roundhouse "George" tender supplied, built and painted to match loco.

There is very little left of the original Sabre workmanship and so this locomotive now carries Rhos Helyg Loco Works - Rebuilt 2011 works plates.

Riverdale Locomotives Elke 0-4-0TT "SAPHIRA"

This is an example of Riverdale's coal-fired Elke model, which is based on the Roundhouse Billy, and combined with a Roundhouse George tender. The owner was struggling to get it finished due to lack of time and other issues so the unfinished kit was sent to me for assembly, painting and testing. Included in this work was the assembly of the cylinders and mechanical parts, fitting of three-channel radio control, a whistle, uprated safety valve from Shawe Steam Services, a tender fall plate and Locoworks footplate sections. It was painted in satin finish Darjeeling blue with cream lining and grey roof, and the only gloss paint used on the whole loco was the red on the axle cranks! Name, number and works plates were provided by MDC.

Roundhouse Alco 2-6-2T "MOUNTAINEER"

Sent here direct from the Roundhouse Engineering factory, this model of "MOUNTAINEER" arrived in plain gloss black livery. The simple red lining scheme that the full-size locomotive received in 1998 was applied together with Festiniog Railway crests. The wheels were painted black and the cranks were painted red to complete the cosmetic make-over, and a Summerlands chuffer pipe was fitted before sending on to its owner.

Roundhouse Alco 2-6-2T No. 10 "ANDARTA"

This brand-new Roundhouse "Alco" will be going in to the same fleet as "AURORA", "LUCIUS" and "CHATSWORTH" and so is painted in the same and very smart house style of satin black with blue and red lining and a matt black smokebox. Painting the wheels and cranks in black and adding a real coal load to the bunker completed the job.

Roundhouse Bertie 0-4-0ST "PEGIE"

A quick lining job on one of these popular locomotives. There seemed little point in sending the whole loco to me, so owner Chris Bird only sent the body for attention. The original factory paint was retained and enhanced with red lining and black edging, followed by a satin clear coat. Chris has written a complete step-by-step guide to the many modifications he has made to this loco to produce the superb result shown. His guide can be found here. (Photos by Chris Bird)

Roundhouse Bertie 0-4-0ST

The main components of this Roundhouse "Bertie" had been stripped of paint by the owner and sent to me for repainting in satin black with Penrhyn Quarry Railway lining. The parts were then returned to the owner for reassembly and the finished loco is seen here. (Photo by Luke Petch)

Roundhouse Bertie 0-4-0ST "MACARONI"

MACARONI came here direct from Roundhouse in Bronze Green and had a Tallylyn-inspired lining scheme applied with the green toned down from gloss to satin finish. Various upgrades from Roundhouse (pressure gauge, water filler, crossheads, gauge glass) and Locoworks (lubricators, sand boxes, rear lamp bracket, springs, firing irons and brackets) were fitted together with some additional paintwork (wheels, rods, cab interior).

Roundhouse Billy 0-4-0TT "DAFYDD"

The bodywork parts from this kit-built Roundhouse Billy and its tender came here for painting in satin finish maroon and black. The owner then completed the assembly of his loco, and the finished model is shown here. (Photo by Adrian Moore)

Roundhouse Darjeeling Railway B-Class 0-4-0ST "TUSKER"

TUSKER was a standard factory-built Roundhouse loco that was modified to look as much like the real 788 TUSKER as possible. The changes included:
 - Weathered/dirty frames, footplating, motion and wheels
 - Satin finish blue paint
 - Matt black smokebox and door
 - White stripes around cab base
 - White ring on smokebox front
 - Black boiler jacket
 - Black tool boxes under saddle tank
 - Black tank filler lid
 - Black couplings
 - Black cab interior
 - Black support poles and rails at rear of cab
 - Red cab steps
 - Red frame edging
 - Red coupling safety chains
 - Red injector overflow pipes
 - Red cross-heads
 - Silver inlay to front cylinder covers
 - Silver band around dynamo body
 - Silver chimney cap
 - Silver headlight guards
 - Grey cab roof
 - Copper finish saddle tank balance pipes
 - Last repair/overhaul date stencil on tank sides
 - Working headlights
 - Real coal load
 - Brass band around smokebox
 - Canvas cab weather sheet
 - Brass NF and Hindu lettering
 - Custom-made 788 numberplates
 - TUSKER name
 - Bent steam dynamo exhaust pipe
 - Brackets for fire irons on right side
 - Replacement whistle
 - No rerailing pole!

(Photo G Rushton)

Roundhouse Darjeeling Railway B-Class 0-4-0ST "MAID OF KENT"

The loco has been finished to represent a loco that has been repatriated and preserved in the UK, hence the MAID OF KENT nameplates.

Modifications included:
 - Real coal in the bunker
 - Removeable canvas cab backsheet
 - A brass band around the smokebox
 - Brackets on the right-hand tank side for the firing irons.

Paintwork included:
 - White stripes around the cab base and on the smokebox front
 - Black boiler and cab interior
 - Red firebox surround, brake handle, crossheads, cab steps and injector pipes
 - Silver cylinder cover details, headlamp guards and chimney cap
 - Grey cab roof
 - Copper finish saddle tank balance pipes.

It also had a Summerlands chuffer pipe fitted, and its 40MHz radio control replaced with a 2.4GHz system.

Roundhouse/Shawe Steam Services Darjeeling Railway B-Class 0-4-0ST

Three coal-fired Darjeeling B-Class locos showing three authentic liveries that these locos can carry. Note that the blue loco has a black boiler!

Roundhouse Dylan 0-4-0ST "DEHRA DUN"

Another repaint, this time on an early 1980s Roundhouse "Dylan". This loco has the original 1/2 inch diameter cylinders and steel bodywork and was showing every one of its 30-year life when it arrived. It was repainted in a representation of its original scheme: gloss maroon with yellow lining, with the smokebox, cab roof, frames and boiler finished in satin black. The whistle, name and number plates were fitted by the owner after it left here. (Photo by S Herring)

Roundhouse Dylans 0-4-0ST No. 5 "AURORA" and No. 6 "LUCIUS"

These two Roundhouse Dylans were converted to gas-firing by using their original pot boilers in conjunction with a burner and a gas tank from a Roundhouse Millie. The tenders are the same as those used on the Roundhouse George.

No. 5 was built from a Roundhouse kit purchased in the late 1980s and stored until construction started here in 2011. Perhaps this was the last Dylan ever to be built?

No. 6 was purchased second-hand and fully refurbished as part of its rebuild in to a gas-fired loco.

After completion of the mechanical work, both were painted in satin black and lined in red and blue.

Roundhouse Forney 0-4-4 "SALEM"

Built for 32mm gauge track, this is possibly one of the rarest Roundhouse locomotives that has been here. Repairs and modifications to this Roundhouse "Forney" included:
 - Resetting of piston valve timing
 - Replacement of 40MHz radio control with 2.4GHz system
 - Replacement of dummy coal in bunker with real coal
 - Fitting of a weathered bucket over the gas control valve
 - Repainting of cab roof in satin black
 - Repainting of smokebox in matt black
 - Fitting of lamp bracket to rear of bunker
 - Fitting of Summerlands chuffer pipe

Roundhouse/Shawe Steam Services Fowler 0-6-2

The modified cab, footplating either side of the boiler and removal of the sand domes give this Fowler a very different appearance.

Roundhouse George 0-4-0TT "OSPREY"

OSPREY had been involved in an unfortunate derailment that resulted in it striking something very hard. The front right corner took the impact and it was sufficient to put a significant dent in the corner of the tank, move the smokebox, distort the bodywork and twist the loco's frames while also leaving the right side covered in dents and scratches. The first job on arrival here was to remove the bodywork and straighten the frames to confirm that there was no mechanical damage, which fortunately there was not. The bodywork was then straightened out and the dents and scratches were filled and smoothed. Despite having paint mixed to the same BS number, there was a minuscule shade difference between the paint that I had and that carried by the loco, so the whole loco (body, boiler and tender) were repainted to guarantee a consistent colour on all of the green surfaces. Reassembly and a successful steam test followed, and OSPREY was returned to "like new" condition.

Roundhouse Jack 0-4-0TT

Jack's got a tender behind... Adding a Roundhouse "Fowler" tender turns a "Jack" in to a large loco. It also gives an operational benefit in that the radio control equipment can be relocated to the tender, so avoiding the need to remove the body to change the batteries. The tender is coupled to the loco using a replacement rear buffer beam and with a fall-plate to bridge the gap, just like The Real Thing.

Roundhouse/Shawe Steam Services Jack 0-4-0ST

This pair of Jacks were modified for use on a 7/8ths-scale railway by lengthening the chimney, raising the cab roof and by adding a very short extension to the rear of the cab floor.

Roundhouse/Shawe Steam Services Jack 0-4-0ST

A brand-new Shawe Steam Services/Roundhouse "Jack" which came here for painting, lining and assembly. This loco was something of a landmark for me as it was the fiftieth coal-fired loco that I had worked on for John Shawe. I wonder where the other 49 are now...?

Roundhouse Katie 0-4-0STT

This locomotive and tender were dismantled and had the bodywork stripped back to bare metal. The bodywork was then repainted using etch primer and black top-coat, followed by lining in blue and red. The paintwork was protected and given a satin finish by spraying with lacquer. The smokebox received coats of etch-primer and High Temperature matt black paint, the cab interior was painted cream and the axle cranks were painted red.

Roundhouse Katie 0-4-0ST "PEASLAKE"

Work on this Roundhouse Katie included the fabrication of new buffer beams (including fitting of vacuum pipes and Accucraft couplings) and a sliding panel on the rear of the cab, replacement of the cylinder cover screws with hexagon head bolts, repairs to a radio servo and fitting of spectacle glasses. The loco was then stripped back to bare metal and repainted in a livery inspired by the Southern Railway's ownership of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway.

Roundhouse Katie 0-4-0ST

This Roundhouse Katie came here in factory green and was repainted in satin black with Talyllyn No. 1/BR Mixed Traffic-style lining of grey, cream and red.

Roundhouse Penrhyn Quarry Railway 0-4-0ST "BLANCHE"

A factory-painted Roundhouse Blanche in full Penrhyn Quarry Railway livery, complete with matt black smokebox, silver rings on the cylinder covers, red cranks, black wheels and a satin finish to the black bodywork.

Roundhouse Penrhyn Quarry Railway 0-4-0ST "LOUISE"

This standard Roundhouse "Linda" came here in factory finish green paint, with a request to repaint it in to Penrhyn Quarry Railway livery. The green paint was left in place but thoroughly cleaned and prepared for over-spraying in black. Red and blue lining was then applied with a satin clear coat for protection and to improve the appearance. The smokebox was repainted in matt black, the axle cranks were painted red and the wheels were painted black.

BLANCHE (Hunslet Engine Company No. 589) and LINDA (HE 590) are world-famous but this model represents their might-have-been sister LOUISE, complete with HE 591 works plates. The Hunslet-style name plates were provided by MDC.

Roundhouse Penrhyn Quarry Railway 0-4-0ST "SYDNEY"

Another repaint of a brand-new Roundhouse loco, this time one of the new batch of "Charles". Red and blue lining based on the scheme applied to the full-size CHARLES (preserved at Penrhyn Castle) was then applied to the factory black paint with a satin clear coat for protection and to improve the appearance. The smokebox was repainted in matt black, the injectors, axle cranks and springs were painted red, the wheels were painted black and the front cylinder covers received some silver. A brass ring was also added below the chimney cap. The Hunslet-style name plates were provided by MDC.

Roundhouse Penrhyn Quarry Railway 0-4-0ST "CHARLES"

This brand-new Roundhouse Charles received the Penrhyn Quarry treatment with red and blue lining, satin black bodywork and a cream and black cab interior.

Roundhouse Ffestiniog Railway 0-4-0STT "LINDA"

I have lined a number of brand-new factory-painted Roundhouse "Linda" locomotives in the style applied to the Ffestiniog Railway locomotive on which this model is based. This included red lining with black edging, black wheels and boiler cladding and red axle cranks. FR crests (supplied by DJB Engineering) were applied to the tender sides, and the cranks were replaced with items made by Chuffed2Bits. The paintwork on the body and tender was protected and given a satin finish by spraying with lacquer. The cab interior was painted cream and black.

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-6-0T "HIGHFLYER"
   and Roundhouse Dylan 0-6-0T "PATHFINDER"

This pair of meths-fired Roundhouse locos have spent most of their time together with the same owner since the late 1980s. Both have given sterling service over the years, but with the apparent reduction in the quality of methylated spirits and the scarcity of spare parts for the slip-eccentric valve gear they now only see occasional use.

The Dylan is the slightly older of the two having been built from a Roundhouse kit and carries a brass boiler. It had a major overhaul around 1990 which included fitting of the current style of Roundhouse square-ended axles with cranks to suit.

The Lady Anne was built from various spare parts acquired new and second hand and completed with a bodywork kit.

Both locomotives have recently had their bodywork repainted with a satin finish and lined as shown. The Dylan in particular shows how even the simplest lining scheme can lift a loco's appearance from mundane to something special without the need for fancy corners and multiple colours. Sometimes less really is more!

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-6-0T "Y DDRAIG GOCH"

This Roundhouse gas-fired Lady Anne came here as a very poorly-constructed kit. It had been found for sale in a shop where nobody knew what it was, and was purchased by the owner for less than £100. It is seen here after receiving a full mechanical overhaul, radio control and then repainted in satin red lined in black and yellow.

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-6-0T "ALICIA"

This loco had been lined when new by LightLine, but the owner now wished to run it without the rear coal bunker, and so revealing the unlined rear of the cab. Rhos Helyg Locomotive Works lined the back of the cab to match the rest of the loco's lining. Two lamp brackets were also supplied, fitted and painted to match the body colour. The rear coal bunker can be put back on the loco at any time and will fit over these new lamp brackets.

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-4-0T "CARBON"

Another Roundhouse Lady Anne, this time a vintage meths-fired 0-4-0 dating from the mid-1980s. This loco had a full repaint, including a strip back to bare metal of the bodywork and boiler, followed by coats of etch primer and gloss black, finished off with red lining and a cream cab interior.

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-6-0T "SIR DAVY ARMSTRONG"

This kit-built Lady Anne had been purchased second-hand by its new owner, and was sent here for a comprehensive overhaul and repaint. The work included:
 - Summerlands chuffer pipe fitted.
 - Roundhouse crosshead/combination lever set fitted.
 - Planet T5 2.4GHz radio control system installed.
 - Lamp bracket attached to top of smokebox.
 - “In steam” water top-up facility installed.
 - Lubricator moved from cab to left-hand doorway.
 - Cylinder O-rings and gaskets replaced as required.
 - Slide valves lapped and modified to improve performance.
 - Cylinder exhaust pipes replaced.
 - Valve timing adjusted and set.
 - Dummy air pump attached to right-hand tank front.
 - Bodywork repaired as required.
 - Dummy tank fillers replaced with “Silver Lady” type.
 - Rear lamp brackets replaced.
 - All bodywork, boiler, parts and frames stripped to bare metal.
 - All bodywork, boiler, parts and frames painted with etch primer.
 - Smokebox painted matt black.
 - Frames, wheels, cab floor and other parts painted in satin black.
 - Bodywork, dome and boiler wrapper painted satin bronze green.
 - Single yellow lining applied to tank and bunker sides.
 - Cranks and buffer beam bolts painted red.
 - Dummy coal loads replaced with real coal.
 - “Sir Davy Armstrong” name plates supplied and fitted.

This loco can be seen in "as received" condition as an inset on the larger picture.

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-6-0T "CARNETHY"

This factory-built Lady Anne was sent here for a comprehensive overhaul and repaint after seeing a photo of similar loco Y DDRAIG GOCH on this web site (shown above). The work included:
 - Summerlands chuffer pipe fitted.
 - Planet T5 2.4GHz radio control system installed.
 - Original "smooth" smokebox replaced with cast brass "rivetted" type.
 - Lamp bracket attached to top of smokebox.
 - Cylinder O-rings replaced.
 - Dummy tank fillers replaced with “Silver Lady” type.
 - All bodywork, smokebox and boiler stripped to bare metal.
 - All bodywork, smokebox and boiler painted with etch primer.
 - Smokebox painted matt black.
 - Wheels, cab floor, cab roof and other parts painted satin black.
 - Bodywork and boiler wrapper painted satin red with black edging and yellow lining.
 - Original dome replaced with larger "Russell" type.
 - Axle cranks and painted red.
 - Dummy coal loads replaced with real coal.
 - “Carnethy” name plates supplied and fitted.

The second picture shows Carnethy and Y Ddraig Goch together.

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-6-0T "KESTREL"

Originally maroon, this Lady Anne was repainted in to the same red lined in yellow and black scheme carried and inspired by Y DDRAIG GOCH and CARNETHY but with a few minor differences as KESTREL has the later Lady Anne body style. Other work included a boiler descale, some bodywork repairs and the fitting of new piston rings, coupling rods, crank pins and Accucraft chopper couplings.

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-6-0T No. 7 "CHATSWORTH"

This loco was purchased from an internet auction site by the current owner, who also owns the two Dylans "AURORA" and "LUCIUS" shown on this page. It came here for an overhaul and repaint with a desire for it to match the appearance of the Dylans as much as possible. Like the Dylans, this loco is gas-fired using a ceramic burner and its original pot boiler. The overhaul included:
 - Replacement cylinders (changed from 1/2 inch to 9/16 inch)
 - Replacement of worn crank pins and other mechanical parts
 - Repairs and modifications to the bodywork
 - Manufacture and fitting of new buffer beams
 - Construction of a Roundhouse "George" tender
 - Stripping of all paint and repainting in satin and matt black
 - Lining in red and blue

This loco can be seen in "as received" condition as an inset on the larger picture.

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-4-0T "LADY ANNE"

This meths-fired Lady Anne dates from 1984 and the owner had noticed its performance was not quite as good as it was or how it should be. Fortunately it was found to be in good mechanical condition and was not afflicted by the problem of worn valve gear that has reduced a number of these fine locos in to static Shelf Queens. To improve its performance it received a new set of wicks made from modern material and had adjustments made to the safety valve and slide valve timing. The performance was transformed from a loco that struggled to make enough steam to move itself to one that comfortably hauled six bogie wagons around my test track without having to stop to raise steam.

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-6-0T "LADY CAROLINE"

This Roundhouse Lady Anne had a respray in the same green as used on the owner's Roundhouse Russell "LADY EMILY" and was then lined in yellow and black. Other work included the upgrading of the radio control from 40MHz to a Planet 2.4GHz system, moving of the radio control power switch from under the cab roof to below the cab floor and fitting of a Summerlands chuffer pipe which was lengthened to match the short exhaust pipes on this loco. The name plates and "Roundhouse Engineering - Doncaster 1992" works plates were supplied by MDC.

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-6-0T "LADY OLIVIA"

Lady Olivia came here for for fitting of new coupling, connecting and eccentric rods, a radio control upgrade from 40MHz to 2.4GHz, fitting of various Locoworks detailing parts and a repaint from dark blue in to satin black with blue and red lining.

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-6-0T "PENDRAGON"

The bodywork parts for this Lady Anne were sent here for painting and lining in the colour and style carried by the Rudyard Lake Railway's locomotive PENDRAGON. The owner then completed the assembly of his locomotive and the superb result is shown here. The middle picture shows the model sitting on the full-size PENDRAGON, and the lower picture shows the painted and lined parts. (Photos by Keith Greenwood)

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-6-0T

This Roundhouse Lady Anne arrived in poor condition and received the following attention:
 - Stripping of paint from bodywork, boiler, smokebox, etc.
 - Repairs/resoldering of bodywork
 - Descale of boiler
 - Full check and repair of mechanical parts, including valve timing
 - Modification to the dome to improve its position on the boiler band
 - Fitting of retaining roll pins in valve gear return cranks
 - Fitting of modified Summerlands chuffer pipe
 - Fitting of lamp bracket on smokebox
 - Repainting in etch primer, gloss Crimson Lake and satin black with yellow lining
 - Upgrade of radio control from 40MHz to 2.4GHz

This loco can be seen in "as received" condition as an inset on the larger picture.

Roundhouse Lady Anne 0-6-0T

The bodywork parts for this Lady Anne were sent here for painting and lining and then returned to the loco's owner. The owner then completed the assembly of his locomotive which incorporated many additional detailing parts and the superb result is shown here. The lower picture shows the painted and lined parts. (Photo by Steve Thornhill)

Roundhouse Lynton & Barnstaple Railway 2-6-2T "YEO"

This loco arrived carrying the first version of the L&B lining scheme (simple orange and black lines). This lining was carefully removed, leaving the original Roundhouse factory paint intact, and then re-lined in the later "intermediate" scheme of black edging with orange lining. The frames were repainted in red/brown and the smokebox was repainted in matt black, with the rest of the loco having a satin finish.

A video of this locomotive in action can be viewed here.

Roundhouse Millie 0-4-0TT "SIR CHRISTOPHER"

Sir Christopher came here in its basic factory-finished form but was soon enhanced with the addition of an overall cab, piston cross-heads and one of my Millie tenders (click here for more details), together with simple yellow lining and a matt black smoke box.

Roundhouse Millie 0-4-0T "CHRISTINA"

This loco's paintwork had been badly scratched in a derailment and so it was repainted to look as good as new once again. Also, the wheels were painted black and cylinder covers were fitted.

Roundhouse Millie 0-4-0T "NICHOLAS JOSEPH"

Alterations to this Roundhouse Millie included:
 - Fitting of a 1/2inch pressure gauge
 - Fitting of a Summerlands chuffer
 - Paintwork repairs to deep scratches on the left-hand side tank
 - Lining in red and white
 - Painting of wheels and valve rods in black
 - Painting of inside of cab spectacle plate in cream

The lining is simple, but effective.

Roundhouse Millie 0-4-0TT "CAPERCAILLIE"

This Roundhouse Millie came here in plain blue and with an open cab. The work included:
 - Boiler descale
 - Replacement piston rings
 - Fitting of Summerlands chuffer pipe
 - Repairs to deep scratches in paintwork on side tanks
 - Addition of an overall cab with a doorway to the RHLW tender
 - Repaint in to red lined in yellow with black edging
 - Fitting of Accucraft couplings
 - Installation of 2.4GHz radio control (receiver and batteries in tender)

Roundhouse 7/8ths-scale Old Colonial 0-6-0T "GWYNEDD"

An interesting 7/8ths-scale conversion, this loco started life as a Roundhouse "Old Colonial" and was converted by the owner from 16mm/foot to 7/8ths inch/foot by increasing the height of the chimney and cab. It is meths-fired and gave many years of use until the slip-eccentric valve gear wore out to such an extent that it became unusable.

It came here for repairs, including a complete rebuild of its chassis (as described here), repairs and modifications to the bodywork, a replacement for the original and broken whitemetal lamp bracket and a repaint from Roundhouse's original and well-worn Baby Poo Brown in to the Festiniog Railway-inspired scheme shown here of green with red lining and black edging.

A video of this locomotive in action can be viewed here.

Roundhouse Pooter 0-4-0T "LILIAN"

Here we see a Roundhouse meths-fired Pooter dating from the mid-1980s. I was asked to find a buyer for this locomotive by an existing customer, and a fortuitous visit by another existing customer soon found a new owner for this locomotive. A full and comprehensive cosmetic overhaul followed, including:
 - Bodywork strengthened by addition of a stay across the two side tanks
 - Missing cab steps replaced with whitemetal steps
 - Buffer beam overlays with rivet detail fitted using hexagon head bolts
 - Summerlands chuffer fitted
 - All parts stripped back to bare metal
 - Full repaint in gloss black with red lining, cream cab interior and matt black smokebox

Roundhouse Russell 2-6-2T "LADY EMILY"

The body and boiler wrapper (only) of this Russell came to me for repainting from maroon in to satin green and lining in yellow with black edging. New name and works plates from MDC were also supplied and fitted, and real coal was added to the bunkers.

Roundhouse Russell 2-6-2T "ENGIADINA"

Lots of small jobs were carried out on this loco, including:
 - Accucraft chopper couplings
 - Additional handrails on tank tops
 - New piston rings
 - Adjustments to valve timing
 - Planet T5 2.4GHz radio control
 - Lamp bracket on smokebox
 - Boiler de-scale

Roundhouse Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railway 2-6-2 No. 24

This locomotive was constructed using Roundhouse components for 45mm gauge track and includes the following features:
 - Water tank and hand water pump in tender allowing water to be fed to the boiler while the locomotive is
       stationary or not in steam.
 - Axle-driven water pump with manual by-pass allowing water to be fed to the boiler while the locomotive is
       in motion.
 - Custom-built gas-fired boiler incorporating water gauge glass.
 - Working front headlight.
 - Working steam whistle built in to dummy air reservoir on right-hand side of locomotive.
 - 2.4GHz radio control, allowing control of regulator, reverser and whistle.
 - Satin black paint finish.
 - Real coal load in tender.

Roundhouse Silver Lady 0-6-0T "LLWYN GWYN"

The owner of this Silver Lady sent the body, dome, cylinder covers and boiler wrapper here for respraying in Somerset & Dorset Railway blue. The parts were then returned to the owner who reassembled the loco. (Photo by Steve Jackson)

Roundhouse Silver Lady 0-6-0T "LADY OF LAVAN"

This Roundhouse Silver Lady came here in its original Roundhouse green paint. A single orange line on tank and coal bunker sides was added to the existing paintwork, together with black tank tops, coal bunkers, wheels and cranks. The body and boiler were then given a protective coat of satin clear. The final touches were the tank inners (not visible in the photo), step overlays and front footplating from Locoworks, and real coal in the bunkers.

Roundhouse Silver Lady 0-6-0T

A brand-new Roundhouse Silver Lady finished in crimson lake with double yellow lining, black tank tops and a plethora of Locoworks detailing enhancements.

Roundhouse Talyllyn Railway 0-4-0T "TOM ROLT"

This brand-new loco came here for lining in the style that the full-size loco carried when it first entered service at the Talyllyn Railway, and before the air pump was fitted to the right-hand side tank. The job included fitting of TR crests, respraying of the cab roof, boiler, smokebox and tank tops in satin black, and painting the wheels in green. A satin clear coat then reduced the factory gloss finish to a more prototypical shine.

Roundhouse Vale of Rheidol 2-6-2T "PRINCE OF WALES"

The first Welsh narrow gauge steam locomotives I ever saw were OWAIN GLYNDWR and PRINCE OF WALES at the Vale of Rheidol railway in 1968. They had just been repainted in to BR's plain corporate blue livery and, although it may not be to everybody's taste, I have always really liked it. Never having seen a model in this scheme, I have wanted to recreate the look on a 16mm/ft scale model for some time and I was delighted when an opportunity to do so came my way. I was asked by the owner of brand-new gloss black Roundhouse loco for my suggestions as to how the look of his loco could be improved by alterations to the paintwork and/or the addition of lining. We agreed that BR green ones and post-1977 lined-out blue ones were really common, the 1980s "heritage" liveries were not to his taste, and that he really wanted something a bit different. I then mentioned my memories of Aberystwyth and Devil's Bridge from all those years ago. The owner had also visited around that time and remembered the locos in BR blue well, and to my surprise accepted my suggestion of a repaint in to this scheme. The result is seen here.

Roundhouse William 0-6-0 "FALCON"

Originally green, this Roundhouse William was repainted in to red and lined in yellow and black. Other work included a boiler descale and the fitting of new piston rings, coupling rods, crank pins, Accucraft chopper couplings and a Summerlands chuffer.

Roy Wood Models Janet 0-4-0T "CARLIT"

The cab, tanks and bunker for this Roy Wood Models "Janet" came here for priming, painting and lining in a yellow and red scheme inspired by the livery of SNCF's "Le Petit Train Jaune" in the Pyrenees. On completion the parts then went back to RWM for final assembly. (Photo by Roy Wood)

Roy Wood Models Janet 0-4-0T "JOHN KEYLOCK"

The cab, tanks and Swift Sixteen tender for this Roy Wood Models "Janet" came here for priming, painting and lining in a scheme based on that used by the Talyllyn Railway. On completion the parts then went back to RWM for final assembly. (Photo by Roy Wood)

Sabre Steam coal-fired Annette 0-6-0T

This brand-new locomotive came to us direct from the builder for some paintwork modifications. Yellow lining was applied to the side tanks, the wheels, tank bases and cab steps were painted in satin black, the axle cranks were painted red and the smokebox was resprayed in matt black. Following this work, the locomotive was thorougly steam tested to check that its performance met the builder's specification and the owner's expectations, both of which it failed to do. This loco later returned to us for a rebuild, see Rhos Helyg Loco Works coal-fired 0-6-0TT "BOWER GROVE".

Sabre Steam coal-fired Annette 0-6-0T "JAKE"

This Sabre Steam "Annette" came here primarily for the replacement of the axle-driven water pump, which although axle-driven was failing to perform as any kind of pump. The pump was removed and replaced with a new one kindly supplied by DJB Engineering. While here it also had two new axles fitted, replacement of missing and damaged pipework and attention to the safety valve and clack valve, both of which were leaking. This was followed by a strip of the original paintwork and a repaint.

Salem Rivers 0-4-0T "BLACK BEAUTY"

This meths-fired 0-4-0 came here for repairs to its mechanical parts. It was found to have a loose crank pin, a loose crank and two loose axle bearings, all of which were corrected. These faults combined caused the wheels to jam solid as the coupling rods struggled to do their job. It also received a burner service, including new wicks.

Salem Garratt 0-4-4-0 "LA BETTE NOIR"

This Garratt came here for a number of mechanical repairs and attention to a multitude of leaks from the flexible steam pipes. Unfortunately, the extent of the repairs necessary proved to be so great that the owner decided to dispose of the loco instead. I was able to find a buyer for it and a successful sale soon followed.

Shawe Steam Services

Since 2002 I have painted many coal-fired steam locomotives for Shawe Steam Services. Some of these locos are shown in this selection.

Shawe Steam Services Lynton & Barnstaple Railway 2-6-2T "YEO"

The return of an old friend... This loco first landed on my bench back in 2004 for painting and assembly. Between then and now it has gone through a couple of ownership changes but unfortunately developed a very unusual boiler fault. The loco came to me and the boiler was removed and sent to Shawe Steam Services for repair. After these were completed the boiler was stripped of its remaining paint and repainted to match the original green - made easier by having the same tin of paint in stock that I had used all those years before! As part of the reassembly process the loco had a full check of its mechanical parts, including resetting of the Joy valve gear that had gone "lumpy" in reverse, new piston rings and a number of other replacement O-rings to cure leaks and to give the best possible performance. The radio control system was also upgraded from 40MHz to a Planet T5 2.4GHz system, and it was also relocated back on-board the locomotive (and as originally built), rather than being built in to a coal wagon.

Slater's Festiniog Railway 2-ton slate waggons

Slater's Plastikard etched brass Festiniog Railway 2-ton slate waggon featuring soldered construction for extra strength and with correct pattern curly spoked or three-hole wheels running in brass bearings. Total weight is about 132 grams (unbraked) or 144 grams (braked). After completion they are painted with etch primer and then in a colour of the customer's choice, followed by "rusting".

The lower photograph shows a completed order for 12 Slater's etched-brass Festiniog Railway slate waggons. Variations include three shades of grey, three types of wheels, two types of axlebox and one with a handbrake. All of these models are based on full-size waggons preserved at the Festiniog Railway.

Slater's 7/8ths-scale Festiniog Railway 2-ton slate waggons

These waggons have soldered construction for extra strength. After completion they are painted with etch primer and then in a colour of the customer's choice, followed by weathering.

Steamcraft 0-4-0TT "LINDA"

The axle end cranks on this Steamcraft Linda had an annoying habit of moving on the axle when the loco suffered even the smallest of derailments. The result of this was that the valve timing would then be lost and the loco would not run. The problem was solved by drilling each crank and axle and inserting a roll pin, so locking the crank on the axle end.

Swanage Models Penrhyn Quarry Railway 0-4-0ST "LILLA"

Swanage Models produced a batch of 20 models of Hunslet locomotive LILLA as used on the Penrhyn Quarry Railway (PQR) and as now preserved at the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. I was asked to paint and line a number of bodies for these models in the PQR scheme, and the result is shown here. Lining is red and blue on a satin black base coat. (Photo by Roy Wood)

In 1997 the owner of the full-size LILLA decided that he wished to sell the locomotive, and the Lilla Locomotive Group was formed to purchase and maintain it in full working order for use on the Festiniog Railway. I was elected as the first Chairman of the group and remained in that role for ten years, so I got to know LILLA very well. The opportunity to create a super-detailed model of LILLA was too much to resist, and the result is shown in these pictures. The intention was to incorporate as many of the features that the full-size LILLA has or had in to the model with the intention of showing the locomotive as she appeared in the late 1990s/early 2000s before the vacuum brake pipework was added. The modifications included:
 - Repair patches on the saddle tank sides
 - Additional rivets on buffer beams and cab front
 - Lamp brackets on chimney and cab back sheet
 - Injector pipework and push rods for the water valves
 - Blower pipe
 - Reversing lever and drain cock lever reach rods
 - Whistle with "drip tray" and pipework
 - Regulator lubricator on dome
 - Displacement lubricator on tank front with pipework
 - Handbrake pedestal in cab with mechanism on side of frames
 - Glazing in windows
 - Front left buffer beam bent, just like The Real Thing!

Another one of these locos then came to me for detailing and radio control. At the owner's request I used a paler shade of blue for the Penrhyn Quarries lining scheme. It was some years ago that I had the opportunity to talk to one of the chaps who used to work in the Penrhyn Quarries locomotive workshops and I asked what shade of blue they used for the lining. His reply was "Anything we could get" and perhaps this combined with the exposure to North Wales weather explains the variations that we are now seeing on preserved PQR locos, from the darker shade used until recently on STANHOPE to the much paler shade used on MARCHLYN.

A further batch of LILLA models is scheduled for production by Western Steam.

I am now able to offer a radio control fitting service for these locomotives. A 2.4GHz single channel system is used that controls the regulator only. The radio control equipment and batteries are hidden from view as much as it is possible to do. Please email for further details.

Swift Sixteen tram locomotive

Destined for a life in the USA, the owner of this Swift Sixteen arranged for both the body kit and the Roundhouse Bertie chassis to be sent here for painting and assembly.

On completion of the assembly some discussion took place with the owner as to how he would like his tram loco to be painted. A picture is always worth a thousand words and so he printed a photo from the Swift Sixteen web site showing a tram in primer and then painted it with water colours! The result is shown here, and this scheme was adopted after a few changes were agreed, principally increasing the amount of maroon used. (Picture by S Awtrey/Swift Sixteen)

The finished model is shown here.

Swift Sixteen gunpowder van

The Swift Sixteen gunpowder van is a beautifully moulded kit but I wanted to do something different with the running gear, including the fitting of metal wheels. The result is seen here. The moulded axle boxes were removed and these and the wheels supplied were replaced with parts from Slater's, as used on their Festiniog slate wagons. With the axle boxes mounted in-board of the frame to align with the wheels, these modifications give the van a quite different appearance.

Worsley Works Funkey diesel

Something a little different: This model body of the Welsh Highland Railway's Funkey diesel locomotive was built from a Worsley Works "scratch aid" set of etched nickel-silver sheets. The parts were cut out from the etches, formed to shape and soldered together - using a lot of solder! The body will now be transformed in to a working model by its owner. Click here to see some pictures of a completed model.

Wrightscale Tattoo 0-4-2ST

Another very desirable model, this Tattoo came here for a service and some minor repairs.

Snow plough

Snow plough built by the Rhos Helyg Locomotive Works, and weighing 1.6Kg so capable of actually ploughing snow, as shown in the second picture.

Concrete mixer wagon

I made about ten of these concrete mixer wagons. They were based on a Binnie Engineering plastic tipper wagon chassis and used a die-cast model mixer. They were finished in red oxide (chassis) and yellow (mixer) suitably rusted and caked in sand.

Battery diesel 0-4-0 "WEASEL"

I built this member of my home fleet in 1990 using mild steel for the frame and brass sheet for the bodywork. It is powered by a sealed lead-acid 12V battery driving a Como Drills motor with a worm drive to the rear axle. The wheels and axles came from Roundhouse Engineering.

The two black buttons either side of the dummy horn provide On/Off and Forward/Reverse control, and speed is governed by turning the exhaust pipe. Control is provided by an I T Electronics (Ian Titford) speed controller which gives acceleration and deceleration effects. The latter often catches out unfamiliar operators as pressing the Off button while the loco is in motion causes it to run several feet before gently coasting to a stand, or colliding with anything in the way. The speed can be controlled right down to an almost imperceptible crawl.

It weighs 2.8 Kg / 6.2 lbs and is more than capable of dragging dead steam locomotives.

After 23 years of service I felt that the time had come for an overhaul and repaint, and the result is seen here. It has had some rewiring and a thorough clean of the mechanical parts, although nothing actually needed replacing. The bodywork was stripped back to bare metal and repainted from the plain green that it carried previously to the BR diesel shunter-inspired scheme shown. The black and yellow stripes are painted, not transfers.

Diesel loco body

The body from this battery diesel loco was sent here for painting and lining.

Vale of Rheidol 2-6-2T "PRINCE OF WALES"

This fine model depicts one of the original Vale of Rheidol Railway locomotives as supplied by Davies & Metcalfe in 1902.

The builder asked me to paint and line the cab/side tank assemblies, cylinder covers and cab front and back. These parts were delivered to me and the surfaces were prepared for etch priming and painting in Stroudley's "Improved Engine Green", otherwise known as Yellow Ochre. Lining was applied in red and white with dark green edging. Vale of Rheidol Railway transfers were then applied, and the exterior paintwork was completed with a coat of gloss lacquer. The inside surfaces and tops of the tanks were sprayed in satin black, and the cab interior was painted in cream and black.

The name and works plates were produced by MDC Plates specially for this locomotive and they feature a wealth of detail.

After reassembly, this model went on to win the Jack Wheldon Memorial Trophy at the 2012 National Garden Railway Show, and the Rhos Helyg Locomotive Works is proud to have played a part in this project. (Photo by Keith Skillicorn)

Pooter 0-4-0T "BRADLEY"

This loco appears to be a homemade copy of a Roundhouse Pooter, but the only Roundhouse components used are the cylinders. It came here in non-working condition caused by very worn valve gear. This was corrected and the loco was returned to working order.

0-6-0ST "ST GEORGE" and 0-4-0ST "GLAURUNG"

These two locomotives were built by their owner using some Roundhouse components and came here for painting. Both were delivered in bare metal.and received some bodywork finishing work before being painted.

ST GEORGE is a gas-fired 0-6-0ST that was painted in gloss and satin black with lining in blue and red.

GLAURUNG is a coal-fired 0-4-0ST that was painted in gloss green and satin black with yellow lining and black edging.

7/8ths-scale Penrhyn Quarry Railway 0-4-0ST "LILLA"

This 7/8ths-scale 45mm gauge (i.e. 2-foot gauge on 45mm track) model of "LILLA" is coal-fired and came for a number of modifications to improve its appearance and ease of use, including:
 - Sliding doors in rear cab sheet changed from dummies to opening doors
 - Water pump bypass valve relocated from under saddle tank to cab floor
 - Steam whistle relocated from cab front to under cab floor
 - Dummy whistle added to cab front
 - Dummy lubricator and pipework added to front of saddle tank
 - Dummy blower pipe run from cab to smokebox side
 - Dummy draincock operating reach rod added
 - Scale name and number plates provided by MDC Plates
 - Glazing added to cab windows
 - Handbrake "bulge" added to cab back sheet

All of this was followed by stripping and repainting in to Penrhyn Quarry Railways livery.

7/8ths-scale Hunslet 0-4-0WT "JACK"

This model of Jack visited for resetting of its valve gear after its running characteristics had lost their original smoothness. As part of this process, roll pins were inserted through the return cranks and rear pins to lock them in place. When it arrived the loco had plain black boiler bands, so these were lined in white as per the real locomotive on which this model is based.

5-inch gauge Polly Engineering Caroline O&K 0-4-0WT "DOUGLAS"

A deviation from the normal 16mm/foot scale work was the painting of this 5-inch gauge Polly Engineering "Caroline" locomotive in a style based on that carried by the Tallylyn Railway's "Douglas". (Photos by Kes Jones)

This page was last updated on 17th July 2014