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Malcolm Savage's 5.5mm scale Llugwy Valley Railway.

  • ms01

    An Armoured Simplex with curtains over the door openings pulls a train of slate wagons through Tan-y-Graig station. The loco and wagons were all built from MSM kits.

  • ms02

    This is a model of Tasmania's North-East Dundas Tramway locomotive K1 - the first Beyer-Garratt. The model is built to 5.5mm scale (1/55) and is completely scratchbuilt, apart from the wheels, gears and motor. The loco is built mainly from Plastikard with a few metal fittings, such as dome and funnel. First attempts at motorising had the motor in the rear engine also driving the front engine with disasterous results. The mechanism was rebuilt with a conventional drive to the rear engine only. This has limited the power but proved adequate. This model is beginning to show it's age, as it was built over thirty years ago.

  • ms03

    This is not the current MSM 5.5mm scale kit of the Talyllyn Railway's locomotive 'Dolgoch', but an original GEM model from forty years ago. It has been provided with some of the fittings from the MSM kit, been repainted and decorated with Blackham transfers. Although slightly stretched to accommodate the mechanism, this is still a basically good model of the locomotive, and it still runs well.

  • ms04

    An overall view of Llugwy Valley looking towards the loco shed. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms05

    Another overall view of Llugwy Valley taken from above the loco shed. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms06

    The Llugwy Valley fiddle yard. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms07

    Malcolm's model of 'Welsh Pony'. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms08

    Welsh Pony passing one of Malcolm's ex-Penrhyn locos. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms09

    Welsh Pony on a goods train. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms10

    Another one of Malcolm's ex-Penrhyn locos. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms11

    An armoured Simplex with a NWNGR coach. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms12

    Ex-Penrhyn loco and train passing the carriage shed. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms13

    Dolgoch with a train of skip wagons. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms14

    Ex-Penrhyn loco on shed. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms15

    Malcolm's Single Fairlie and train passing the carriage shed. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms16

    Malcolm's De Winton with a train of slate wagons. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms17

    Malcolm's model of 'Talyllyn' viewed from above the station. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms18

    Talyllyn and train preparing to leave the station. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms19

    Gravity slate train passing Dolgoch shunting the yard. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

  • ms20

    Dolgoch modelled as 'Rheneas' from the 'Skarloey Railway'. (Photo by Mick Thornton).

Malcolm Savage's 5.5mm scale NGG16 Garratt.

  • msngg01

    SAR NGG16 Beyer-Garratt in course of construction - front.

  • msngg02

    SAR NGG16 Beyer-Garratt in course of construction - centre.

  • msngg03

    SAR NGG16 Beyer-Garratt in course of construction - rear.

  • msngg04

    Malcolm's NGG16 is completely scratchbuilt apart from wheels, gears and motor.

  • msngg05

    The model is built mainly from Plastikard but incorporates a number of resin cast fittings, made before Malcolm moved into white-metal casting, as well as fittings made from metal, usually brass. All of the plumbing is made from various diameters of copper, brass or steel wire or rod.

  • msngg06

    The locomotive is driven on the rear engine only but this has proved to be adequate for the Llugwy Valley Railway.

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