TONY'S MODEL RAILWAYS AND TRAMS

Welcome to Tony's Model Railways and trams


Last Updated: 16th OCTOBER 2018



Probably my first steam engine seen in my childhood, was 1432 plus autocoach (or a 'Matchbox' with a B set on Saturdays) on the Wrexham Central - Ellesmere line which ran along the bottom of my road. 

Badly photographed (at least I caught it before it vanished behind Crowefruit's warehouse!) around 1962 with a Kodak Coronet camera one sunny afternoon. I assume the locomotive was 1432 although it could have been 1447, 1440 or 1458...

About Tony

I have been involved in model railways since an early introduction to Tri-ang Railways by a schoolfriend in the 1950s, progressing to my own Hornby Dublo 3 rail layout with 'Duchess of Montrose' and the usual 0-6-2T 'N2' style tank locomotive. With the introduction of Hornby Dublo 2 rail in 1959, the three rail was exchanged for a new 'R1' 0-6-0T passenger set and later, the goods set was added.

N gauge was then tried, but, in its early form it was found to be unreliable in running qualities and a return to 00 gauge followed, using kitbuilt bodies on proprietory chassis. There was also a brief visit to the world of TT, using GEM kits on Triang chassis, whilst living in Lytham St Annes and Lancaster.

When H09 narrow gauge appeared courtesy of Eggerbahn, a layout was built in the then popular 'rabbit warren' style, but early Eggerbahn has similar qualities to early N gauge and this was abandoned. A better form of narrow gauge was the 5.5mm to the foot kits produced by GEM and an end to end layout appeared with  a model of 'Prince' and a few wagons, some I still have - I have recently acquired a GEM Dolgoch and two matching coaches, along with some Tillig TT locomotives. When I moved to Montacute, I joined Yeovil Model Railway Club and the 009 society (I was number 52 in those long off days! - and still am as they kindly let me have my old number when I rejoined the other year!!!) and built a 009 layout, which was featured in Practical Model Railways and featured a scrapyard with an abandoned narrow gauge station building as their office (based on the WHR's Dinas).

When I had an Advertising Agency, Dapol became one of my clients and I later joined the staff, locating the building which was to become the Doctor Who and Model Railway World in Llangollen. I was also involved with the move of G&R Wrenn's equipment from Basildon to Winsford and on to Llangollen.

In the 1990s, I became model railway editor of Model & Collectors Mart, the editor of Model Railway Gazette and later, Model Railway Collector and then, Model Tracks, before changing to the editor of 4x4 & off Road Mart, 4x4 Enthusiast and then e-publishing.

It was during the 1980s, I decided to make the change to 7mm narrow gauge (On16.5 as it was known then), using Stephen Poole white metal kits on Hornby chassis, along with brass etched and white metal kits, supported by my scratch building in plasticard.


Since then, I have modelled in 00, HO, 009, 0n16.5, 7mm, Hoe, 09, SM32, Gn15 and 0n30, but my main focus seems to have been some form of narrow gauge and/or trams! - and it's now back to 009! - along with On16.5!!! and Gn15, and HOe and... trams...


Tony Pritchard, Editor

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UPDATE: 19th SEPTEMBER 2018

PORTH EYRYI

This was sold to (in 2011, as an Ebay win) me as 'based' on a Cyril Freezer 009 'rabbit warren' plan in a 1960's Railway Modeller. 

I will now build it as near to as Cyril intended, entitled "Porth Eyryi",  using 009 locos of the period, but using the current range of chassis, now that we've moved on from 1960 period, but I assume he was suggesting that Minitrains/Eggerbahn and similar locos would be used, which are still with us, but much improved!!!

Above: First coat of glass fibre/resin - a long  way to go yet!!!!

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EXHIBITING

UPDATE: 28th SEPTEMBER 2018

Having just reached my 70th birthday, I have reluctantly decided to withdraw from exhibiting my layouts and have redesigned my spare room and shed to erect them in there.


I haven't decided which layouts will be kept yet, (or not developed further) but they are likely to be my 009 Coombe Bridge, 009 Porth Eyryi, my O9 Hockenhull Platts narrow gauge layout, along with my On30 Colorado Heritage Railroad. Some will be sold off and others just 'put on hold'!!!


I no longer enjoy driving, especially in the dark and as the darker nights will be with us soon, this has hastened my decision.


Sorry, but that's a decision I have decided to undertake. It won't stop me modelling though!!! - and attending local shows as a visitor...
Tony


UPDATE: 3rd October 2018


I have further decided to undertake selected one day exhibitions in Summer 2019, with a 009 or O9 layout that will fit in my car. (which won't be my Picasso - probably a smaller vehicle, so Coombe Bridge won't fit in).


It will have to be within 50 (or so ) miles of Wrexham, unless it is of 'great' interest to me!


Tony


Above: Porth Eyryi 009

Above: Coombe Bridge 009


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