Great Central Railwayana Auctions

Auction Catalogue: Great Central Railwayana, 1 June 2019

Great Central Railwayana Auction Sale 262, Auction Lot 163
Lot 163 A 3½" gauge live steam model, 'Dunalastair III' 4-4-0 locomotive and eight wheeled tender in Caledonian livery, lined white/black with many brass details. Entirely scratchbuilt by Mr William Phelps of Treherbert - using the found materials of steel, copper and brass. Oil fired watertube boiler with twin inside cylinders, substantial brass eccentrics and connecting rods driving cast brass wheels, detailed backhead and cab with operating doors and other refinements. The coal tender with working brakes, water tank and hand pump, separate, removable oil tank in its own fitted rear compartment, both have brass feed tubes atop tender. This is a superb model that is in need of some work if operation is required, loco burner is missing, fuel and water connections are partly missing, as is the smokebox door handle and lock wheel, lock shaft is there. The model comes with a fair amount of original paperwork, posters and photographs describing the build, exhibiting and exploits of Mr & Mrs Phelps. This loco was part of an extensive, fully equipped working model colliery, with pit-head gear with electric winding engine, associated buildings and other foundry shops, all working and electrically lit, constructed by Mr Phelps (who was employed by the Great Western Railway Company) over a fifteen to twenty year period. Other model locomotives were built to operate on this large model which was 17 ft. by 7ft.6", they were electrically operated also. The whole model colliery, with miners' village weighing in at about two tons, lit by 200 or so miniature lamps, was exhibited at the British Empire Exhibition of 1924 and was a huge success, also the Treherbert Colliery model was exhibited on many future occasions, packed into a van drawn by steam road locomotive and attracting many thousands of people to its delights. Overall length 44". £3000-5000