Industrial and Military Models


I rarely get asked to build models of industrial or military railway subjects, which is why it has taken me so long to get around to adding this page to the web site. However, in the past couple of years, I have had a number of such commissions - so here they are.



This loco, War Department no.132 "Sapper", is a modified and detailed Hornby J94/Austerity 0-6-0T. The nameplates, as well as the special cabside ones were made for me by Guilplates in Guildford. The modifications requested by my customer, included the ladders rising up the side of the saddle tank from the footplate, triple coal rails mounted on top of the bunker, a tool box just in front of the cab (visible in the photo here), and a vacuum ejector pipe alongside the saddle tank on the right hand side. Details were copied from photographs of the full-size loco in preservation.


This interesting, and unusual-looking loco is an example of what is described as a standard '12in Mineral Engine', and was built by Neilson & Co. of Glasgow from around 1874. The design was popular with contractors, colliery owners and industrial users, and stayed in production for many years. Built from a High Level kit, with bespoke ''SKYE'' nameplates from Guilplates.


This is "Simon", a Sentinel diesel shunter, who used to work for I.C.Johnson's cement works at Greenhithe near Dartford in Kent.  A standard Hornby loco, repainted to my customer's specification, and fitted with bespoke etched plates from Guilplates.


"Isla" here is a Black Hawthorn 0-4-0 saddle tank, of the type constructed by the long-vanished Gateshead firm in the late 19th century for industrial use.  Built from a High Level kit, using the appropriate distinctive-pattern driving wheels from Alan Gibson, and featuring bespoke nameplates from Guilplates.


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