The Cambrian Pages

Some Cambrian models

7mm Naysmith Wilson 0-4-4T from a Redcraft kit
Photo courtesy Redcraft Models


7mm 6-wheeler in GWR livery, also from a Redcraft kit
Photo Courtesy Redcraft Models


4mm 3-plank open, built from a 51L kit
Photo Courtesy 51L/Wizard Models


2-4-0 No. 1197, built from a 4mm Gem kit. This kit was also available from Mainly Trains, who supplied their own chassis to fit the Gem body-only kit. Note that the kit depicts the post-1923 Swindonized version. A total of three locos of this type were built for the Cambrian by Sharp Stewart. Their operating area included the charismatic Tanant Valley line. It is seen here in BR black, although the last two of the locos (Nos 1196 and 1997) only lasted until 1948. An etched brass kit for 7mm scale of the same prototype is available from Agenoria Models.

Here is ex-Lambourn Valley Railway 0-6-0T No. 24, built from an etched brass 7mm kit from Agenoria Models. No. 24 also belonged to the family of unusual tank locos which ran on the Tanant Valley line of the Cambrian Railways before and/or after Grouping, with No. 24 entering Cambrian stock at Oswestry in 1904.


Last in this trio of "Tanant Valley locos" is 2-4-0T No. 1308 "Lady Margareth", built from a Mercian Models 7mm kit (also available in 4mm). This loco arrived on the Tanant Valley line in 1923 from the Liskeard and Looe Railway, just after the GWR took over. Agenoria Models also have a 7mm kit for this loco.


From Robert Evans, here's a rather unusual combination of components used to build GWR 908, ex-Cambrian Railway. This used the chassis block and footplate from a Lima H0 4F, Hornby J94 wheels, scratchbuilt loco superstructure and a Mainline Dean Goods powered tender.


From Robert Evans again, this Toad was adapted from a Parkside Dundas MR brake van kit (PC58) and was a relatively simple conversion, and is based on the illustration on page 31 of C.C.Green's "Cambrian Railways Album – 2".