Model Locomotives built by Bing and Carette for
Bowen Cooke LNWR 4-6-2 tank.
This model appears to have been electrically
driven originally since there is no sign of a winding
hole. The wound field motor now fitted is not an original
and seems to be of WW2 surplus origin. It drives through cascade
of clock gears which may be the original BL drive train, but at
present it's not possible to say. Power is now provided by three
18650 Li-ion cells.
As can be seen, the loco is in beautiful condition for it's 110
years, with just a little 'crocodile skin' cracking visible on
the top surfaces. It may have been colour washed but the lining
and legends do appear to be original. It's unusual in having a
rather overstated LNWR cast numberplate, which seemed to be a
feature of these models, each with a unique number. (Note
the MR gondola following - this is the Carette model with
reproduction photograhically printed sides and 3D printed Carette
bogies with 3D printed 3'6" wheels running in ball bearings. The
GW brake van is inscribed "Guard: Greenly" and Greenly is likely
to have had a hand in the design of all the locomotives in this
section. Greenly apparently did have a grandfather who was a
guard, but not on the GW).
Cooke tank was announced in 'Models, Railways and Locomotives in
In the photograph below it can be seen in the shop window at
112 High Holborn. The model in the photo is not the same one
since that one appears to have clockwork controls and carries
a different number plate. (Photo from "The Bassett Lowke
Story", Roland Fuller, 1984 and said to have been taken in
Today, the wound
field motor is wired in shunt mode with a bridge of heavy duty
Schottky diodes powering the field. It's interesting to drive
since there's a noticeable delay in energising the field
before the armature spins up. When running it's a reasonable
performer but does rely on a tiny brass bevel pinion which
protests loudly at reductions in power overunning the motor!
class 9N 4-6-2 tank.
Bing for Bassett Lowke, c. 1914, "The most powerful
clockwork locomotive ever made" according to Bassett Lowke.
Here it is advertised in Greenly's 'Models, Railways and
Locomotives' December, 1912. (Copy courtesy of David Knighton).
Fully wound this large loco runs for about 150'. Here it is
being 'assisted' by Abergavenny:
to Gauge 2
'Atbara' class 'Sydney'.
Bing for Bassett Lowke c. 1908, originally clockwork G2,
came to me converted (crudely) to G1, now G2 electric.
'Sydney' was one of the earliest German made locos offered
by Bassett Lowke in G2. This one can be identified by the
slab sided firebox (later models were waisted) and the
tender style with coal rails (missing on my example) in
place of the
raised side plates found later. This model was avilable from
c. 1905, but it's hard to put an accurate date on it. It's
been heavily modified during it's long life and is in fairly
average condition, making it ideal for use on a working
railway where occasional bumps and scratches are inevitable!
Here is the later version in the 1911
catalogue: (Note the tender still has coal rails).
The model now has new brass frames using the
original wheels and axles and fitted with the standard
design of 3D printed gearbox. The motor is a 540 and power
is from two 18650 cells, probably making this the most
powerful 'Sydney' ever built!
to Gauge 2
0-4-0 tank, Carette for Bassett Lowke.
This delightful little engine was originally G1 but the
same tooling was used for G2 with longer axles. In this
case the wheels have simply been moved out on the axles!
This example had been modified for electric drive by
In G2 the little loco is plausibly sized (it's big for
G1) and has impressive hauling powers despite it's
diminutive size. This one has been doctored to represent
'Lightmoor', a genuine prototype Peckett, and these
changes are part of the model's history now.
Power is supplied through a home made
gearbox with Chinese worm gears, not an ideal solution
because with worm drive in G2 a sudden reduction power
will cause the loco to tip on end! This arrangement will
be replaced at some time with the standard 3D printed
gearbox, which allows the loco to drift when power is
to Gauge 2
Northern N1 tank.
Originally clockwork, this came to me with the
mechanism stripped but retaining the original
clockwork frames. Now converted to electric power
with 385 motor running through heavy duty brass worm
drive. This high gear ratio means 12v power with 3
18650 cells and heavy duty Speed Controller
(Mtroniks Viper) and this arrangement will be
replaced with the standard 3D printed drive in due
Note the immaculate condition of the paint finish on
this 110 year old model! The N1's seem to have been
favoured with a very long lasting quality of paint
(in G1 and G2 versions), quite different to that on
other Bing products. Perhaps they have all been
stored in the dark! Or worse, perhaps they are all
repaints. I do have my suspicions about this.
Here it is on the road, where few observers notice
the trailing wheelset is in fact 3D printed!
Well, that's it on Gauge 2 locomotives
.... for now. If you have been, thanks for reading.