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.
You may click on the pictures to see enlarged views.
Roundhouse Engineering Millie 0-4-0T "LUCY"
The first picture shows this 20-year old Roundhouse Millie in as-received condition. I think the word "forlorn" accurately describes it. My work consisted of straightening out the smokebox and cab and then replacing its axles, bearings, eccentrics and rods, all of which were well worn. All of the old paint was then removed and it received etch primer, bronze green, black and the simplest of orange lining: just one panel each side but enough to "lift" its appearance and showing, once again, that sometimes less is more.
DJB Engineering Robert coal-fired 0-4-0T
Another variation on how to do the tanks on a DJB Robert... This one had been built from a kit
and was acquired second-hand by the current owner. The first picture shows the loco in as
received condition, complete with spacer blocks added between the front of the cab and the
rear of the side tanks. Both the owner and I were rather taken by these but they were poorly
made and had to go. They were replaced by the dummy coal bunkers shown in the later photos,
firmly attached to the cab front and complete with matching rivet details.
Accucraft ⅞ths-scale Bagnall 0-4-0ST "SIR TOM"
The full-size SIR TOM or, as the nameplate says, SIRTOM lives and operates at the
Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum
and is used on short passenger trains to and from the quarry. It is well worth a visit!
Accucraft's 7/8ths-scale model of the typical Bagnall 0-4-0ST provided the basis for this
model of SIR TOM, and the owner and I strove to get as close as we could to replicating the
full-size loco. Lots of changes were made, some by the owner (*) before the loco came to me,
and they included:
Roundhouse Engineering Darjeeling B-Class 0-4-0ST No. 11 "KANGCHENJUNGA"
Another Roundhouse Darjeeling B-Class that came here for the usual red and white paintwork details, a black boiler (just like the full-size blue locos have), an all-over satin finish and working headlights...
Regner Vincent 0-4-0
This Regner Vincent was rebuilt and painted by Dampfatelier in Switzerland before coming here for lining in a Penrhyn-style scheme..
Regner Lumber Jack 0-4-0
Regner produce some beautifully-made and robust freelance model steam locos that are just perfect for further modification. Such has been the case with this Regner Lumber Jack that came here for conversion in to something a little less rustic than the factory model. It lost the wooden front buffer beam and its "cab roof on sticks" and gained a new cab upper section, footplating around the boiler and replacement front and rear buffer beams. A strip and repaint from black to maroon lined in yellow with black edging followed.
Wrightscale Wren 0-4-0ST
Probably the smallest commercially-available live steamer in 16mm/foot scale is Wrightscale's
model of the Kerr, Stuart and Company's "Wren" 0-4-0ST, of which several full-size examples
survive in preservation. Having been after one for many years, this model was an "impulse
buy" purchase by the owner from an internet auction site. The auction listing was entirely
accurate, and showed an assembled chassis and a box of loose components, all of which soon
arrived here for assembly and painting. The paperwork included a boiler test certificate from
2000 and we can only guess what has happened to the model in the intervening years.
Roundhouse Engineering Penrhyn Quarry Railway 0-4-0ST "LILLA"
The Roundhouse Engineering model gives a good representation of Lilla as it appeared in 2016,
but there is always more that can be done to make a model look as close to The Real Thing as
it is possible to do. The owner of this model Lilla had “had a go” with Lilla in 2011 so my
instructions were to turn the model in to the loco as it appeared then.
Roundhouse Engineering Penrhyn Quarry Railway 0-4-0ST "CHARLES"
This Charles is finished in the pre-1936 (according to J I C Boyd) Penrhyn livery of brown and red. It was only later that the more familiar blue and red livery was used. The first job was to remove the name and works plates, which had been attached by a previous owner using epoxy resin. Needless to say, they did not come off without damaging the underlying black paint, so most of the main body had to be stripped back to bare metal then followed by coats of primer and black. Grrr.... a waste of time and money for the owner and myself: glue has no place on a live steam loco. Finishing touches included the brass ring under the chimney cap and a pair of new name plates by MDC.
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.
This page was last updated on 21st April 2018