A keen modeller for many years, I have used my design skills and modern 3D printing techniques to create my locomotive kits for others.
Limited only by the bed size of my printers, I offer (and have planned) a number of differing locomotive kits, including:-
Talyllyn Railway Locomotives
When first opened, the railway owned two steam locomotives, Talyllyn and Dolgoch, and five carriages, including one brake van. There were no additions to the rolling stock until the line was taken over in 1951. Two ex-Corris Railway locomotives were then purchased from British Railways, No3 and No4, and subsequent additions have brought the total up to six steam locomotives.
The Quarry Hunslet
Hunslet built many of these classic 0-4-0 saddle tanks for use in small quarries across the British Isles.
Kerr Stuart (WREN)
Of the several standard types of industrial locomotives built by Kerr, Stuart & Co. Ltd., the “Wren” was the smallest in size yet the largest numerically. No fewer than 163 were produced before the Company closed down in 1930, and four more were built by the Hunslet Engine Co. Ltd. in Leeds after they had acquired Kerr Stuart‘s goodwill. The whole design of the “Wren” could be said to be typical of Kerr Stuart‘s standard narrow gauge locomotives of the period.
Ffestiniog Railway – Double Fairlie
The Double Fairlie was patented by Robert Francis Fairlie in 1864. He believed that conventional steam locomotives were inefficient because they wasted weight on carrying wheels and tenders. He also wanted to create a locomotive that rode equally well in forward or reverse.
The resulting locomotive had every wheel driven and was symmetrical front to back. The design used a single long boiler with a single dome and firebox in the centre. The single firebox caused problems with drafting and had to be altered with a middle ‘feather’. The first narrow gauge Double Fairlies were designed by Charles Fox and built for the 3ft 6in gauge in Queensland in 1866. They contained some unique features and were not successful.
The fourth double Fairlie to be built was the FR’s, Little Wonder. It was designed and built by George England & Co. It was a great success, partly because it was the first double Fairlie with two separate fireboxes which avoided the earlier drafting problems. Little Wonder’s success provided the impetus for narrow gauge railway building across the world.