Last updated : Tuesday 5th December 2017
3.5” GWR King George VI,
FIRST WINNER of Duke of Edinburgh Trophy 1954, Winner of Silver Medal and Curwen Cup 1948.
The model engineer, Mr F Coblon, began work on this model in 1937, using full size drawings to then produce his own drawings in 3.5” gauge, in addition to having access to full size Kings to make any necessary further measurements.
It was finally completed in 1946.
At some point it had been run in steam prior to its entry in the 1954 Model Engineer Exhibition where it won the Duke of Edinburgh Trophy.
Then later it was on display for ten years in South Kensington Science Museum, London, followed by several years on display in the GWR Museum, Didcot. In all it has spent 23 years on display in various museums always in glass display cases.
It comes with a thick folder of all the documents relating to the contemporary owner, The National Railway Museum York, South Kensington Science Museum London, GWR Museum Didcot. Copies of Model Engineer Magazine 1946 with an article by the builder, photocopies of other published articles by the builder, etc, etc. Also comes with mahogany display track (not shown).
Measurements : 51” long, 7” wide, 11” high.
Price - £19,950 part exchange very welcome.
Very rare exhibition standard 1.5” gauge two cylinder Burrell Compound.
This is only the second example of this rare compound traction engine I have ever had in over 18 years of buying and collecting steam engines. It is a copy of the first compound Burrell built and patented, the single crankshaft single crosshead for simplicity of maintenance.
It has been run in steam and comes with a boiler certificate expiring Feb 2019.
She has now received a superb paint finish and finally lacquered to keep the bright finish to the paintwork and copper and brass fittings.
It has a crankshaft pump, hand pump, Simpling Valve Button that turns both cylinders into high pressure steam should the engine stop in “dead centre” and be unable to move, mechanical cylinder lubricator, stump puller cable, etc.
Measurements : 26” long, 11” wide, 16” high.
Boiler certificate expires : Feb 2019.
Price - £6,750 part exchange very welcome.
1.5” scale Exhibition Standard Allchin Royal Chester traction engine.
One of the finest examples of the Royal Chester I have ever seen. When I first bought it I recognised the engineering was something very special so I decided to invest in a Perfectionist’s paint job and now the fresh new superb finish is the icing on the cake. Finally it was lacquered to preserve the high polish finish on all the copper and brass. I have found that there are very few model engineers who can do a paint and lining out job to match the very high standard of their engineering work and this was an example.
The closer you look the more detail you will find, even down to drain cocks beneath the slide bars, a tiny working displacement cylinder lubricator on top of the steamchest, etc. etc.
Measurements : 26” long, 11” wide, 16” high and rear wheel diameter 9”.
Price - £6,950 part exchange very welcome.
3.5” gauge BR Britannia, ”Sir Christopher Wren” 70039.
A really beautiful example of the pacific BR 4-6-2 Britannia and built to an excellent standard by an experienced model engineer. Such examples are getting very rare nowadays understandably as the days of “Fed, Shed, and Bed” are a thing of the past. When LBSC first provided the set of drawings for the Britannia there was no TV, no private cars and in the main only cold overcrowded small houses, so few temptations there.
In 3.5” gauge this model is almost down to Swiss watch engineering and can take very many years to complete and endless patience as the scrap box steadily fills up. In my opinion such models are greatly undervalued and could be the investors choice for the future.
This model has the white cab roof that she had at Norwich Shed where they carried on the tradition of the Great Eastern.
Also, please note, she has the offside tender logo looking backwards - this is correct because when BR initially contracted the Institution for the logo they mistakenly thought they had ordered a “pair” – not so! The wrangling went on for some time before finally BR agreed to pay for the second logo to make a pair of forward looking logos.
She has twin crankshaft boiler water pumps, injector, tender handpump, mechanical lubricator, handbrake, etc. and comes with a wooden carrying case/box.
Measurements : 54” long, with driving wheel diameter 4.6”.
Boiler certificate expires : Hydraulic Nov 2021, Steam Jan 2019.
Price - £6,450 part exchange very welcome.
Exhibition standard 2” scale Shand Mason horse drawn steam fire engine, 'Lord St Helier'.
This model is from own personal collection and after having been on display for some time has very recently been to my friends paintshop. Being the “perfectionist” he is the paint finish is now like glass and all lining he did by hand, so now a really stunningly beautiful object to behold and as fine a long term “Investment” you can possibly wish for. The lacquered finish will keep all the metalwork bright indefinitely. To keep the fine finish on the paintwork I only ever use a Lady’s Blusher brush to remove dust.
It is a copy of the full size fire engine in St Helier Museum, Jersey, Channel Islands, and built by a seriously clever model engineer who lives nearby in St Helier and was given full access to the exhibit to measure and copy all it’s unique features. During the building stage he ran the engine on compressed air and was able to propel a jet of water through an arc of 12 feet.
The main drawings are those of Edgar Westbury and come with the model.
The all wooden wheels are built by hand just as a wheelwright would and dished correctly. A box of wooden spares comes with the model just to show how complex the build was (see photograph).
There is also a box of spare parts, such as safety valves, washers, firing shovel, etc., should the new owner ever wish to fire it - but I sincerely hope it is NEVER steamed, it is too an important item to be spoiled. I am only including them because the builder passed them onto me. Being meticulous he has written details of the contents on each package.
The ratcheted handbrakes both operate.
It comes with photographs taken during construction, one showing hydraulic test with 200psi. plus nine A4 handwritten sheets giving details of the building process and how to run the model in steam.
Measurements : 22” long, 10” wide, 15” high. The rear wheel diameter is 8”.
Price - £9,995 part exchange very welcome.
7.25” gauge BR Pacific,
Britannia Class “Western Star”, new build
A very good example of the popular Britannia Class loco, Western Star.
She was built over a period of many years by a BR (Western Region) engineer. He started as an apprentrice fitter at the GWR Stafford Road Works, and for a time was Shedmaster at Plymouth Liara Shed, before finally ending his career as a senior BR (Western Region) Management Engineer at head office, Paddington.
It is very rare to see a new build Britannia come on the market in the 7.25” gauge, and considering how long it took to build it I can see why.
She has twin injectors, mechanical cylinder lubricator, and a silver soldered copper boiler. Hydraulic boiler certificate from Aug 2017.
Measurements : 105” long (loco 69”, tender 37”), 13” wide, 21” high.
Note: In the sunlit photographs the tender appears to be out of alignment - in fact this is just due to uneven ground.
Price - £32,500 part exchange very welcome.
5” gauge 0-6-0 Terrier Tank locomotive “Boxhill”.
Another stunning model from own personal collection. This locomotive has only ever been on display and never steamed but it has just passed its Hydraulic boiler test. The boiler certificate expires, November 2021 and she runs very well on compressed air.
All the lining out has been done by hand and the extraordinary livery is “dead right”.
She has an axle pump, sidetank handpump, mechanical cylinder lubricator, handbrake, correct wooden brake blocks, etc.
Measurements : 28” long, 8” wide, 13” high.
Price - £5,950 part exchange very welcome.
3.5” gauge, Stanier LMS tank 2-6-4, Jubilee.
A really excellent example of the powerful and popular 3.5” gauge. Stanier tank locomotive in LMS livery.
Newly built by a very experienced model engineer.
The model has only been steamed three times and virtually still as new and has especially nice detail.
She has an injector, axle pump, mechanical cylinder lubricator, automatic cylinder drain cocks, etc.
Measurements : 36” long, 7.5” wide, 11” high.
Boiler certificate expires : Hydraulic Oct 2019, Steam Oct 2017
Price - £3,950 part exchange very welcome.
Extremely Rare collectors ¾” scale Davey Paxman 7nhp traction engine, to Greenlys drawings
This fine quality build model is from my own collection. I bought it very very many years ago and immediately had it in steam briefly just to prove it would hold the pressure and run which it did.
I have recently had my friend, the “Super” painter give it one of his special paint finishes, complete with a lacquered finish.
Now at museum standard again and so rare I have only ever heard of one more.
It was built in 1941, according to the brass plaque on the cylinder block, by A. Stubley of Nottingham.
She has a crankshaft pump, mechanical cylinder lubricator, stump puller cable, etc.
Measurements : 17” long, 11” wide, 12” high. Rear wheel diameter 6”.
Price - £5,250 part exchange very welcome.
5” gauge BR Class 1500 “Speedy” 0-6-0
A really superb example of the ever popular “Speedy”. Built to a very high standard indeed with all the extra fittings which go to make it a pleasure to drive.
She has twin injectors, axle pump, handpump, additional water tank that sits on the driving trolley to feed the injectors with cold water, mechanical cylinder lubricator, anti rollbar in front of the wheels, split smokebox to give easy access to tubes, etc. etc., oiling bolts on both main steam pipes into cylinders.
The buyer also has the 'option of buying' the excellent storing trolley that sits on four swivel casters and has a wind mechanism to raise and lower the locomotive and carries the boxes of spanners, steam raising blower, coal, oil can, etc. etc.
• Loco 36” long, 10” wide, 14” high.
• Storage Trolley 44” long, 35” high.
Boiler certificate expires : Hydraulic September 2021, Steam November 2018.
Price - £4,995 part exchange very welcome.
5” gauge BR Pacific Britannia “Solway Firth”
A very good example of the popular 5” gauge Britannia Class. Solway Firth was one of the later Britannias that were issued with the larger water and coal capacity tenders.
The model engineer who built it also built the silver soldered copper boiler - dated 2005, and also designed the cab fittings and controls for ease of access whilst driving.
She has just returned from the paintshop where she was completely stripped down and painted in BR Green coach enamel. She had a thorough boiler inspection at the same time, then running in steam on the rolling road - the verdict? an excellent runner.
She has two injectors, mechanical cylinder lubricator, etc.
Measurements : 75” long, 9.5” wide, 14” high.
Boiler certificate expires : Hydraulic Sept 2021, Steam Nov 2018.
2” scale Durham and North Yorkshire
traction engine, with trolley
A really superb piece of engineering built by a highly skilled professional aircraft engineer. Such well built models are getting increasingly rare.
Built in 2005 and has only done a modest amount of running.
A heavy and relatively powerful engine for 2” scale that will happily pull the driver around the club grounds or garden.
She comes with the drawings, driving trolley (lift up lid on storage box), professional heavy duty plastic weather cover.
The professionally built steel boiler having expanded in tubes, comes with the builders fully itemised schedule as legally required. Boiler certificate FULLY updated in November 2017.
The engine has twin gears, a modified regulator in the form of a wheel to allow for more precise control, crankshaft pump, hand pump, Pickering governor, trunk puller cable, tyres on top of the strakes giving the owner the option of running just on strakes.
Measurements : 31” long, 15” wide, 23” high. Driving trolley 27” long, 17” wide.
VIEW 3.5” GWR King George VI, FIRST WINNER of Duke of Edinburgh Trophy 1954, Winner of Silver Medal and Curwen Cup 1948. |
VIEW 3.5” gauge BR Britannia, ”Sir Christopher Wren” 70039.
VIEW 3.5” gauge, Stanier LMS tank 2-6-4, Jubilee. New Build.
VIEW 5” gauge 0-6-0 Terrier Tank locomotive “Boxhill”. |
VIEW 5” gauge BR Class 1500 “Speedy” 0-6-0
VIEW 5” gauge BR Pacific Britannia “Solway Firth”
VIEW 7.25” gauge BR Pacific, Britannia Class “Western Star”, new build |
VIEW Very rare exhibition standard 1.5” gauge two cylinder Burrell Compound. |
VIEW 1.5” scale Exhibition Standard Allchin Royal Chester traction engine.
VIEW Extremely Rare collectors ¾” scale Davey Paxman 7nhp traction engine, to Greenlys drawings
VIEW 2” scale Durham and North Yorkshire traction engine, with trolley
VIEW Exhibition standard 2” scale Shand Mason horse drawn steam fire engine, 'Lord St Helier'. |
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