The idea of building a model in 10.25in gauge came as I wondered around an engineering exhibition. Being a diesel fan and seeing a wealth of steam locomotives on display made me wonder why diesel electrics seemed so thin on the ground - especially given that radio control and battery power is so widely available now.
So, choosing a prototype wasn't hard - it had to be something different. And, by different, I mean popular. It seems like diesel fans are interested in building more obscure yet iconic locomotives like LMS 10000/10001 or 'Deltics' in 5 1/2in or 7 1/4in gauges. I want something different - a real showstopper, something that'll draw the crowds in, yet represent a mundane workhorse. It also has to be noisy too - by that, read 'turbo diesel powered'.
Hence, a RES 47/7 prototype has been chosen and upon looking through the various names - it had to have 'Res' in it! - I settled on 'Respected', a name worn by 47776. The livery is my favourite to have been carried by the 47s.
Seen passing through Penmaenmawr on September 6, 2003, Respected hauls the 1D67 10.07 Birmingham New Street-Holyhead. JOHN EYRES
Seen at 'The Cross' 14/5/2003, with paintwork looking pretty shabby
A close up of the Highland Terrier applied above the nameplate in 2003
So, with prototype chosen, it was time to choose a scale. It's got to be something you can see, so, no messing - 10.25in gauge it is! Wary of its size when complete - 3.5m x 0.5m x 0.7m, it's not a project for the faint-hearted. Hopefully, over the next few years, bit by bit, it'll materialise. And, once complete and if you're interested and following this, you can bet your bottom dollar you'll be offered a ride on it as it tours the 10.25in gauge railways of the country!