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)

looking for a curve maker

Hi All

I’m planning to lay a temporary track in July for my parents 60th wedding anniversary do , I need to manufacture 20″ rad 5″ gauge curved track 60 ft of it . thinking of using 3/4 X 1/4 ( 20 X 6 mm ) flat steel , welded to flat  bar sleepers ( 1″x/18 )

Dose anyone have a roller ( curve maker ) I can borrow / hire

or surgestions

Andy Booth

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

Member 711

Myford ML7 Clutch Unit Wanted

Myford ML7 Clutch

Does anyone have an old Myford ML7 complete clutch assembly hanging around that they would like to get rid of for a reasonable sum? I really must get my 66 year old machine up and running soon and as it needs a new layshaft I thought I may as well go the whole hog and try to find a clutch assembly for it.


Request for information


I’ve just managed to obtain a set of castings for a drill press like the one pictured here:

I was wondering if the owner of this machine still had any of the
instructions for machining the castings and/or any arts lists for it?

I would be very grateful if you could pass this request to the person
who is best placed to answer my query.

Secretary: Anyone have any knowledge I can pass on please?

Part built locos for sale.


I have two partially completed 5” locomotives these belonged to my brother, who died recently, leaving them along with various tools and machines. One is an A3 Gresley Pacific with valve gear and linkages complete and boiler partly built. The other is an LNER A3 “Flying Scotsman”. I have all drawings, castings and materials to finish these engines.


Chris Browning         (contact details from









Wanted – Small milling vise

Hi all. I’m looking for a small milling vise for an old Sharp MkII mill. Something with say 4inch wide jaws (100mm) would be ideal. I’m having difficulty finding something of the right size and price at the moment. Would appreciate it if anyone had one stashed under the bench that they no longer use and could offer at a mutually agreeable price. Many thanks.