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 Mr. Merlin's Pooter 0-4-0T PANGUR BÁN
PANGUR BÁN is another of those rarest of Roundhouse Engineering locos: a Mr Merlin’s Pooter.
Roundhouse Engineering coal-fired Dylan 0-4-0STT ODIE
It was back in 1987 that I first encountered 16mm/foot live steam garden railways. This was
at the renowned Paddock Railway at Hampton Loade station on the Severn Valley Railway.
I was an SVR volunteer at Bridgnorth back then and it became a nice Sunday afternoon diversion
to travel down to Hampton Loade and run my O-Gauge stock after the 16millers had finished
their session. I'd not seen anything in this scale before, and I was hooked immediately. My
good friend Paul would let me run his meths-fired Roundhouse Dylan, called
ODIE and named
after the dog in the Garfield cartoon strip. The loco's nickname was Bill, for reasons I am
sure I do not need to explain.
Roundhouse Engineering 0-4-0 HARLECH CASTLE / CASTELL HARLECH
The owner of this Roundhouse Engineering Harlech Castle / Castell Harlech used to drive the
full-size loco at the Festiniog Railway so he knows it well. Following the recent visible
modifications (full-width bonnet and vacuum brakes) and repaint he asked me to make his model
look "like INA used to look". INA is the loco's nickname and is derived from the initials of
its originally intended owner, Mozambique's Instituto Nacional do Acucar (National Sugar
Institute), the initials of which were on the cab sides when it first arrived in Wales.
ELR Engineering Quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST HUGH NAPIER
Another ELR Engineering Quarry Hunslet has been on my bench for attention. Others that have
been here have run very well, despite their many shortcomings in other areas, but this one was
reported by the owner to be off-beat. After checking that the slip-eccentrics were not the
cause of the problem my diagnosis was that a valve head was in need of repositioning on its
spindle. Unfortunately with these particular models there is no easy way to achieve this
without completely dismantling the locomotive. Removing the bodywork, boiler and footplating
allowed access to the valve chests and after half a turn of one valve buckle perfect running
was restored. The time then came to reassemble it...
ELR Engineering/Roundhouse Engineering Jack 0-4-0ST ST CHRISTOPHER
ELR Engineering converted this standard Roundhouse "Jack" 0-4-0ST to coal-firing. It came
here for a check-over, service and repaint. As is usual with these things, the job list grew
a little and ended up looking something like this:
Cheddar Models Samson 0-4-0T No. 31 APHRODITE
This Cheddar Models Samson, like the same owner's Hercules, has been lowered by about 12mm by reducing the height of the cab and chimney. The body, boiler and smokebox were repainted and lined.
Accucraft WD Hunslet 4-6-0T No. 33 ANDROMEDA
This loco was fitted with two-channel radio control and received blue and red lining along with a significant reduction in the amount of bare metal usually exhibited by this model.
Roundhouse Engineering Pooter 0-4-0T No. 5 MOUDROS BAY
This Mark 3 Pooter came to me for some body repair work and a repaint in to satin black with blue lining. Very kindly the owner had removed the old paint, saving me time and him money! Its meths tank had returned to its component parts so that was rebuilt while it was here, together with the fitting of "current" cylinder covers to its old-style rectangular valve chest cylinders.
Roundhouse Engineering Dylan 0-4-0ST No. 1 DYLAN
An interesting and unusual job was the regauging of a 30+ years old meths-fired Roundhouse Dylan 0-4-0ST from 45mm to 32mm, the One True Gauge. These locos were not built to be adjustable for track gauge and some considerable dismantling was needed to remove the wheelsets from the frames. Unlike the current Roundhouse products, the cranks and axles on these older locos are held together with grub screws and roll pins. The first picture shows the two wheelsets with the front one awaiting regauging and the back one completed, along with the slip-eccentric valve gear and modified rocker arms. It is always a pleasure to work on these old Roundhouse locos, there is just something about them.
Peacock Island Workshop Toucan Garratt 0-4-4-0
This Garratt runs on 45mm gauge track and uses two Accucraft Dora chassis as power units. It
came to me initially for repainting and lining but, as usual, it turned in to a bigger
This page was last updated on 11th January 2020