? Keighley and District Model Engineering Society. Descriptions of our model locomotives.

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Keith's Class 40 Diesel locomotive Keith Parkin owned this model Class 40 locomotive. It has six electric motors which makes it a very powerful engine.
Geoff's V1 This is Geoff's LNER V1. A 3 cylinder 2-6-2, it is a very powerful loco with a good turn of speed.
Lynton and Barnstable Yeo This is a 3.5" gauge model of a narrow gauge locomotive from the the Lynton and Barnstable Railway. The full size original was scrapped in 1935 but work has started on building a replica. Only three locos were originally built, but a fourth was finished in 2010 in and lives on the Ffestiniog Railway.
For a trip behind Yeo click on the YouTube video
Western Region diesel hydraulic Although the original is diesel hydraulic this model is driven by electric motors powered by batteries. These electric locos are quicker to get ready and put away so tend to be used at the beginning and end of the day. However, they will be used at other times as passenger numbers require. This model is produced by Phoenix locos.
Class 33 Diesel  Even though only part built this Class 33 Diesel is able to haul loads around the track. It is a model of one of only 98 Diesel locos built for the Southern region in the early 1960s.
Simplex steam tender locomotive This locomotive was built in 1978 and is based on the popular 'Simplex' design. Here it is arranged as an 0-6-0 tender locomotive.
Simplex locomotive as a GWR 0-6-0 tank Andrew saw this at an Estate sale and couldn't resist adding to his collection. It is also to a Simplex design but looks very different to the tender loco above.

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Junie being steamed on bonfire night 'Junie' is also owned by Andrew. This is a 'Sweet Pea' loco of pedigree as it was one of the locos built to test the original design. Still popular, parts are supplied by Blackgates Engineering. Here it is getting up steam on bonfire night.
1920s London Transport Electric Loco This is a model of a Metropolitan-Vickers locomotive built to work on the London Underground. It weighed 60 tons and was driven by four 300hp electric motors. There are two original locos still in existence.
This class '08' diesel is based on the popular shunting engine. The design is old enough to be the first diesel in the Reverend Awdry's books. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway have a full sized version and they use it on their 'Thomas' weekends. It can be seen at kwvr.co.uk/dieselpage.
Vic's loco 'Northern Union' is a freelance loco modelled from a line drawing of a GP35 high horsepower road switcher scaled down to 5" gauge. No castings were used in the construction.
Type 31 diesel locomotive This Class 31 Diesel was built from a kit by Compass House Models. Like other diesel models it is actually powered by electricity. This one has two 12 volt batteries and 4 electric motors

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Sweet Pea design locomotive Airedale 'Airedale' was purchased by Roy in 1985. Another engine of Jack Buckler's 'Sweet Pea' design, it is here in the style of a Welsh quarry loco.
Hunslet locomotive Charles 'Charles' is based on a class of loco which is to be found on the Ffestiniog Railway in Wales. Dave used to be a fireman there as a teenager, so he enjoys reliving his memories with this powerful model. 

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steam outline locomotive Despite it's appearances this is loco is powered by a battery which is hidden under the saddle tank. It provides fun for the owner without the extra work that a steam loco brings.
Small battery loco Younger members are encouraged, though they are not allowed to haul passengers until aged 16. This electric loco that James is trying out had just been bequeathed to the club. 
GER 0-4-0 steam locomotive This GER 0-4-0 Tank is a 5" gauge Y4, built by the late Peter Walton who only had one arm. It is now owned by Geoff.
BR Standard 4 in 3/2 inch gauge This 3 1/2 " gauge model of a BR Standard 4 is now owned by Chris Smith. A very nice little loco. He was given it in 2008, but it needed a little work doing before it's first outing in 2009.

In Memoriam

Class 20 Diesel Electric This is a model of a Class 20 (English Electric Type 1) diesel-electric locomotive. It was one of Keith Parkin's locos and the club aquired it after his death for the use of junior members. It carries his name as a reminder of his long service to the club.
Class 50 Diesel electric locomotive This is a model of a class 50 Diesel electric locomotive, though in the model form it is run on batteries. This model is produced by Phoenix locos. Orinally owned by Keith it is being driven here by Alwyne.
Bert Gavins and Dean goods loco Bert Gavins founded The KDMES on the 6th June 1950 with the help of a few others who are no longer with us. He was elected President in 2007 in recognition of his contribution to the society. He built a Black 5 in 3.5 inch gauge to Martin Evans' design, and a Dean Goods in 5 inch gauge from measurements he made from a full size version. This is the loco in the picture to the left. He was still a regular driver at Marley in his 90's and also helped with our portable track events. Bert was a brilliant self taught model engineer, and an expert builder of steam injectors. He supervised boiler tests for many years. Bert also built a 1 inch scale Traction Engine and numerous canons which were shown on the club stand at Harrogate. Along with these he also built a working model medieval clock. Bert passed away on December 6th 2015 aged 97 years.
LMS Black 5 locomotive 'Black 5's and the later 'Standard 5' were very popular on the full sized railways with over 1000 being built. This is the one Bert built to 3 1/2" gauge.
Kerr Stuart Wren class model Locomotive 'Jim Lad' is modelled on the Kerr Stuart Wren class locomotive. Mike (pictured) regularly drove the loco at Marley, but he sadly passed away in 2017.


Model of Lion locomotive in 5 inch gauge The "LION" is a visitor from the Isle of Man. It is on loan to one of our members who lives there.
Model of LBSCR Stepney locomotive in 5 inch gauge "Stepney" is a visitor from Colchester. It is a model of a LBSCR locomotive. Several full sized versions have been preserved and the one called Stepney appears in the Rev Audry's books.


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