TONY'S MODEL RAILWAYS AND TRAMS

Welcome to Tony's Model Railways and trams


Last Updated: 27th AUGUST 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 nimber whan I rejoined last 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: 22nd AUGUST 2018

This was sold to (in 2011) me as 'based' on a Cyril Freezer 009 'rabbit warren' plan in a 1960's Railway Modeller. Does anyone know what issue it was in (or if it appeared in any of Peco's track plans books?  Did Cyril suggest what type of layout it could be built as? - slate mine, forestry ?....

I will now build it 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 and similar locos would be used, which are still with us, but much improved!!!

Above: First coat of glass fibre/resin

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EXHIBITING

UPDATE: 22th JULY 2018

As a distraction, I've been having a look at my "Ancelle" layout and have decided to relocate it from Wales to the Haute Alpes... It will give me a light tramway/narrow gauge layout that I can easily carry and set up by myself...

Above: First coat of glass fibre/resin

UPDATE: 22th JUNE 2018

I've added a picture of my On30 layout "Tramway de Gare Tigre" which shows the fiddle yard, the idea which I propose to use for Forks...

My On30 layout will be available very shortly for exhibitions -                         "Forks Trestle: Colorado Heritage Railroad", after a bit of refettling and some locomotives, carriage and wagon stock building! See Forks Trestle section for further details.

I was reminded that I still shouldn't lift heavy things, the result of my radical prostate cancer removal in 2008, so hopefully, fellow modellers will still be around to assist!


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