In the years before the Great War Mr WH Jubb
was a keen hobbyist who wrote frequently to Henry Greenly's
'Models, Railways and Locomotives' about his locomotives and
his indoor Gauge 2 model railway, "Greystones". It seems
amazing to us now that it was possible to fit a Gauge 2 layout
in a modestly sized attic room, but Mr Jubb was able to do
this and the articles reproduced here describe the result.
In these pictures we see Mr Jubb's first Atlantic locomotive.
This is not the locomotive
described in these pages
, which came later. It's not
known why Mr Jubb chose to build two similar models, unless of
course the second one was built for sale. The second model
certainly ran on Greystones because the picture of it in
MR&L shows it at the 'Ferndale' station.
Here, Mr Jubb describes the steam generating plant that he
uses to power the electric portion of his line. (No mains
electricity in 1911!).
He also describes an electric locomotive, although this might
have been short lived since he describes using part of it in a
steam loco later in the year.
Mr Jubb's automatic speed regulator was sorely needed as the
Atlantic will race away on a level track and is very difficult
At the conclusion of this episode, Mr Jubb describes the
method of coupling engine and tender using only the meths feed
pipe. The absence of a tender coupling was a considerable
puzzle when the model was first discovered, especially since
the feed pipe was missing. Today, without any alteration to
the original engine, a substantial coupling has been fitted to
avoid the risk of the feed pipe coming loose in traffic and
turning the locomotive into a miniature flame thrower!
In the next article, he describes a regulator extension to
ease control of the frisky Atlantic. No trace of this
arrangement can be found in the surviving model, suggesting
that he did not persist with it. What Mr Jubb would have given
for today's miniature radio control!
And finally, here is the timetable used to operate the trains
at 'Greystones'. His use of a modified watch to speed up the
timings has resonances with many modern model railways, where
similar techniques are used at exhibitions to keep the public
entertained. Mr Jubb was a pioneer in more ways than one!
These pages describe a window into a lost past, and we are
immensely fortunate to have them. I hope you have enjoyed
reading about 'Greystones' as much as I did when I first came