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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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.

Roundhouse Engineering 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, cream and black cab interior and brass chimney ring.

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.

This page was last updated on 24th October 2017