Hello, and welcome to Steve's Britannia. I have created this website in order to record my efforts to construct a live-steam 5" gauge Britannia locomotive. I started this build in about 1998 and then, for various reasons including a couple of house moves, it took a back seat in my life. In 2011, I built a double garage at our most recent property and converted one half into what I hope will be my final workshop. By the spring of 2013, the garage and workshop were finished and I decided the time was ripe to reinstate the Britannia project.

I am working from a set of drawings from the late Norman Spink which are an updated version of the earlier Perrier drawings, except for the tender which is a BR1G as drawn by Les Warnett and is not strictly correct for this locomotive but is very close to the original BR1 tender. Although there are numerous castings available for this locomotive, I am using bar stock where possible to keep cost down

 

Tales from The Tinkers Tavern

A more light-hearted look at progress in the workshop.

Come have a look...

I am not trying to reach exhibition standard but nor do I want it to be a total bodge so sometimes there will be detail and at others a shortcut. As long as the end result is pleasing overall and it looks like Britannia, thats all I'm trying to attain. Because I am not yet retired, the amount of time I can devote to the project is limited but I hope to be at or very near completion in about five years time (I'm writing this introduction in 2015). For those of you who want to come along for the ride, I say welcome aboard, it will probably be a long and bumpy journey.

The numbered part of the menu to the left refers to the drawings and each has its own page containing information on how I made all of the parts on each of the drawings, including assembly information where appropriate. Although the drawings generally describe what is in the title, the draughtsman used any spare space to add bits and pieces so there are sometimes components that one would expect to find elsewhere.

All the photos are stored as 1600 x 1200 pixels in .jpg format but displayed as thumbnails alongside the text. Clicking a photo will open a full-size version in another tab or window.

Rather than clutter up the front page, I have created a "Background Info" page where visitors may find further technical and background information and a bit about me (all boring stuff, I'm sure).

Finally, this site does not use cookies so will not remember visitors. In other words, you will have to remember which pages you have visited. It's not needed but you can click HERE to see my privacy policy if you wish.

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