Silver Solder Bank

I would like to remind you that this club facility still exists and encourage you to use it. We do aim to provide goods at prices below the market rate although with the current rate of price inflation in the supply chain this can be challenging. Prices have gone up significantly since we last re-stocked, e.g. some flux powders by as much as 80%.So do not delay re-stock your workshop today. August 2022. David Ward 01454 415678 

Metal Brackets

I’ve bought a couple of GWR smokebox number plates and now want to mount them in the garage. I’d like to get some brackets fabricated out of 5mm x 30mm mild steel bar (4). Can anyone point me in the direction of a local engineering firm/ engineer who could fabricate these for me. It’s the shape that I want ( [___]) that makes it complicated ie flat U-shape with 25mm returns to screw onto the wall.


Steve Richards


Antony Gibb’s Holtzapffel lathe.

Antony Gibb’s lathe has arrived back at Tyntesfield, National Trust and is now situated in the Billard Room.  It can be viewed easily, but the National Trust are considering placing it in a glass/plastic casing, so you will not be able to put your sticky fingers on it.  The lathe is numbered 1890 and manufactured by Holtzapffel in 1852.  It was bought by Antony in 1872 after being overhauled by Holtzapffel.  The purchase price then was £220.  This lathe will be of interest to members, who do ornamental turning.  Examples of Antony’s turning will soon be on display in the drawing room.  The exhibition is due to reopen in May.

Nearby is a treadle operated grinding wheel of the same vintage.

Citric Acid Crystals

This is some new stock I have added to the “silver solder bank”. Available in 95gm. lots in screw top plastic containers for £2.50 each. If sprinkled into 4.5ltrs. of clean water in a suitable container it will make 4.5ltrs. of pickle. Do NOT add water to the crystals, or dump all the crystals in the water at once as you could cause a violent reaction with the potential to cause personal injury. Citric acid is an irritant to eyes, skin and the respiratory system. In the event of contact with skin wash thoroughly with clean water. In the event of contact with eyes irrigate thoroughly with sterile water. Seek medical attention if not relieved. Needless to say store out of reach of children and pets in a sealed container that the acid will not react with. Having said that, it is much safer than the sulphuric acid many of us have been using in the past. Unfortunately is also much slower acting and typically it will take 30 minutes to clean brazed joints. Wash in clean water after removing from pickle and before brushing. A nylon brush is usually adequate.
David Ward phone number 01454 415678 (answerphone service after 9 rings)

Help for the new Steam loco

Hi All

I have jus bought a Simplex loco

I will be looking for someone to mentor me in the dark art of loco firing & driving

My simplex comes with a set of irons and  Boiler paperwork

What else should I be asking Santa for to get me running ?

would it be appropriate to bring my new toy to the Steam day on the 1or 2 January

Looking forward to your reply’s

Merry Christmas


Andy Booth



Help needed with my 5″ Gauge GWR 14XX Model

Help required!! (I’m also posting on Facebook) I’ve recently started to build my 5″ Winson (I know, I know – why did I buy it?) GWR 14XX kit which has been in the garage since 1998 awaiting my retirement. Although I have some engineering skills, they do not seem, unfortunately, to be sufficient to overcome the first known problem with this kit of aligning crossheads with the slide bars and stretcher. I’ve had several goes at emerying the crossheads/slide bars but still can’t get one of them right – and, frankly, a bit scared of filing too much material away. The revised stretcher bar never materialised and I’ve been quoted £125 for a replacement! So, is there anyone out there that would be prepared to move this forward for me – I’ll happily pay for time/labour as it will be great to be able to progress this.

Without playing my violin too hard, we’ve got a very sick daughter recovering from a major operation and most of my mental/physical energy is being used in supporting her convalescence over the next 6 weeks – I’d get a real boost if I can find someone to sort out this problem so I can move on to the next stage – I fear there’s bound to be more “issues” with this kit as I go through the stages!

PS Many thanks to the members who responded re the cab/smokebox number plates – these have now been made and are ready to go on my engine(s)

GWR 1400 Class 5″ gauge model

Help with sourcing number plates needed!

I own two Winson Kits for this engine (I know, I know – not the wisest choice!). One is virtually complete and almost ready to run, the other in very early stages of assembly. Can anyone point me in the direction of a good supplier of scale cabside plates, smokebox plates and shed code plates so that I can complete them.

1451 – I have cabside plates, but need a smokebox number plate and shed code plate for 85B (Gloucester) as this was the original engine’s last shed.

1431 – I need the full set for this kit – cabside;smokebox door and shed code plate. Again that needs to be 85B (Lydney) – a sub shed in the FoD that I spent one very happy summer (1963) unofficially “helping out” servicing the engines in the evenings!

Thanks in anticipation


Steve Richards

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