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

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DJB Engineering Robert coal-fired 0-4-0TT

An unusual livery of grey lined in white with graphite grey edging applied to a coal-fired DJB Engineering Robert built from a kit. This loco was purchased by the current owner in working order but with only the frames, boiler and smokebox painted. It came here for painting and lining but it soon became apparent that some of the soldering was not the best and various joints were repaired and/or strengthened before painting commenced. Included in this work was pressure testing of the two water tanks to check for leaks - they did! I feel sure the owner will have hours of fun trying to keep this one clean...

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

Another Accucraft Baldwin 4-6-0T, this time in the guise of Welsh Highland Railway No. 590. The loco was purchased second-hand by the current owner, and in its previous life it had had a replacement chimney cap fitted, had lost its front lamp bracket, and the front life guard had become detached - all rectified. The valve setting was also attended to as its operation was very erratic. Other work included adding:
 - DJB Engineering resonator whistle.
 - 3-channel (regulator, reverser, whistle) radio control.
 - Spectacle ring "eyebrows".
 - Cab back with wood-effect planking on rear sheet.
 - Rear lamp bracket.
 - Additional pipework for vacuum brakes, vacuum ejector steam supply and exhaust.
 - Summerlands chuffer pipe.
 - Coal load in bunker.

Roundhouse Engineering Pooter 0-4-0T

2017 not only marks the 15th year of Rhos Helyg Loco Works, it also marks my 30th anniversary of becoming involved with 16mm/foot-scale garden railways. This all happened on the Paddock Railway at Hampton Loade station on the Severn Valley Railway where I was introduced to the delights of meths-fired live steam by two chaps who were soon to become good friends. I have a lot to be grateful for to them! In 1988 one of those friends sold me my first steam loco (which I still have), and recently it was an absolute delight for me to do some work on one his locos for him. His Roundhouse Pooter came here for some bodywork repairs and, in a homage to its original livery, a full repaint in to Bronze Green with orange lining and black detailing.

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

This Roundhouse Engineering Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes No. 24 is a Mark 1 variant and was starting to show its age. The paintwork was worn and scratched and the rings and glands in the cylinders were not at their best. The loco was completely dismantled, had many years of accumulated muck removed, received an overhaul to cylinders and valves and was then partially stripped of its old and all-over gloss black paint. A repaint in to satin black with graphite smokebox, red oxide cab roof and green cab interior (a very common feature on American steam locomotives) followed. Although I've had several gas- and coal-fired Mark 2 No. 24s here, this was the first Mark 1 to come here for work. The change from Mark 1 to Mark 2 production occurred in 2003 with the major alterations being a completely different method of boiler cladding and cab construction, removal of the tender water tank and hand pump and introduction of sprung driving axles.

Accucraft Baldwin 4-6-0T No. 815

Another Accucraft Baldwin, fitted with 2-channel radio control and given a dose of weathering.

Roundhouse Engineering Festiniog Railway 0-4-0STT "ISOBEL

Named after the owners' granddaughter, ISOBEL is a Roundhouse "Linda" finished in Festiniog Railway-style of green with red lining and black edging. This work has been deliberately completed with the future in mind as it would only take a few minutes to replace the name plates and apply a pair of FR crests to the tender, but not at the moment and rightly so. The loco also had its 40MHz radio control replaced with a Peter Spoerer OMNI Tx-3.0 STEAM 2.4GHz system while it was here.

Accucraft Joan 0-6-2T

This Accucraft Joan came here in citrus-inspired gloss black. It had a repaint in to maroon with black detailing and at the same time lost the excess red (edge of footplating, backs of buffer beams, firebox/ashpan, etc.) in order for it to resemble as closely as possible the full-size Joan based on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway here in Wales.

Roundhouse Engineering/Shawe Steam Services Jack 0-4-0STT "MAMMOTH"

MAMMOTH is a Shawe Steam Services coal-fired Roundhouse Jack. It was painted and assembled here back in 2003 but 12 years later the owner decided to part with it. It was returned to Shawe Steam Services where it received various repairs and then re-sale to its second owner. The new owner decided he would like radio control fitted, but this would have been impossible to install with little available space on the loco in its original configuration. The answer was to fit a tender that could carry the radio equipment and a larger water supply. For ease of use, the hand pump was moved from the cab to the tender tank, with the loco now taking the supply for its axle pump from the tender and the saddle tank now used to top-up the tender tank. The owner built the Roundhouse George tender and my work then involved almost complete replacement of the loco's pipework in order to provide the three tender water connections (axle pump supply, bypass return and feed from saddle tank). The loco body was then stripped of its old paint and it and the tender received a coat of satin Victorian Maroon lined in cream with black edging.

Atropos kits for Penrhyn Quarry wagons

Assembled for a customer in the USA were eleven Atropos kits representing various types of Penrhyn Quarry wagons. There are five Fullersite wagons (used for carrying bagged slate dust) of diagram 061 with hinged sides, 062 low-sided with lift-out sides and ends, and 063 high-sided with lift-out sides and plate ends. The six slate wagons are diagram 071 with metal bodies and wood underframes. These kits just ooze quality from the moment each individual component box is opened but they take some time to assemble simply due to the number of components that make up each wagon. For example, the diagram 062 Fullersite wagon comprises no less than 120 individual parts.

Worsley Works West Clare Railway Walker diesel 0-4-4-0

The bodywork from a Worsley Works "Scratch Aid Kit" representing one of the Walker Brothers 0-4-4-0 diesels used on the West Clare Railway in Ireland was assembled here. The completed body then took a trip down the Welsh coast to Friog Railway Services who built a superb chassis for it which incorporates radio control and sound. It then came back to RHLW for finishing. The first thing to do was to strengthen the buffer beams so that they were capable of taking a buffing load without deformation. Then came fitting of Swift Sixteen chopper couplings, glazing the windows with glass, and fabrication and fitting of handrails, horns, exhaust pipes, marker lights, radiator fillers, cab roof, vacuum brake pipes, end steps, cab steps, fuel tanks, fuel tank fillers and the driver's desk - phew! The bonnet-top headlights work and these (and the dummy horns) were kindly supplied by Essel Engineering, and I thank them for their assistance. Paintwork was a shade of green chosen by the owner to match that carried by the full-size locos, followed by a good dose of weathering. Walker Brothers (Wigan) Ltd. works plates for the bonnet ends were specially made by MDC and completed the job.

A history of the full-size locos can be found here.

This page was last updated on 22nd July 2017