Also in this section of the site, you will find models for some of the minor railways dotted around the British Isles in years past, and also perhaps the odd freelancer.
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.
This is an example of a Manning Wardle 'Old Class i' 0-6-0ST. The first ones were constructed around 1859, and over the years often went through numerous modifications, some being referred to as 'Class k' after certain alterations were carried out. The two most well-known real-life locos of this type, are probably Colonel Stephen's Shropshire and Montgomery Railway "Morous", which later joined sister engine "Sidlesham" on the Selsey Tramway - although these two locos had detail differences to one another, and "Siwan", shown here, is not actually based on either. Built from an R.T. Models kit, fitted with authentic-pattern driving wheels from Alan Gibson, and bespoke nameplates by Guilplates.
This is a Kerr Stuart 'Victory' Class 0-6-0T, one of a number of such locos built in 1917 as part of the war effort. After the Great War, the government sold them off to minor railways, docks, and collieries. This particular one, No.4 of the East Kent Railway, part of the Colonel Stephens empire, was unique in that it was fitted with a raised top to the cab. Constructed from a CSP Models kit.
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