Sentinels for 32mm and 45mm gauges
Please note, we have now ceased manufacture of live steam locomotives, although we still manufacture components and accessories for steam locomotives (please see elsewhere on the web site or download our catalogue).
We are currently developing a range of steam outline locomotives based on the post-war Sentinel. These are electric or battery electric locomotives. We hope to have the first of these ready for despatch during the summer.
The Sentinel Waggon Works of Shrewsbury were the largest manufacturer of steam road vehicles. Their first models were built in 1905. In 1923 they introduced their first rail vehicle, a narrow gauge 0-4-0 shunter. This was basically the same power plant as the road wagons with vertical boiler , 2 cylinder engine and chain drive to the axles. Over the years between the wars they built a range of locomotives and railcars in various sizes. Many were narrow gauge and used in industry but several of the main line companies had some Sentinels.Between 1925 and 1930 the LNER bought 74 Sentinel railcars.
Sentinel ceased making main-line locos in 1937 but the small shunting locos continued until the war. After the war production restarted with a revamped 100hp 0-4-0 shunter with a streamlined appearance and a conventional locomotive type cab.
In 1947 they were again restyled taking on a more angular appearance. In 1952 they introduced a 200hp version which had two of the two cylinder engines. Between 1923 and 1958 they built more than 600 steam locomotives.
My model is based on the post 1947 vertical boilered 100hp steam locomotives. These were mainly standard gauge locomotives but they were available in this style down to 3ft gauge. They featured a vertical boiler in the cab at the rear, a two cylinder steam engine fitted vertically in front of the front axle and a 500 gallon water tank between. A two speed gearbox was integral with the engine crankcase and a 2:1 reduction was provided by the chain drive to the front axle. Most had internal chain drive between the axles but a few had external cranks and coupling rods. In low gear these locos could pull over 1000 tons on the level. They were made with various detail differences according to the customers requirements. Position of handrails and steps varied widely. Some had rear coal bunkers, some did not. Some had dropped cab floors to give extra headroom for the crew. My model is not intended to be a representation of any one particular loco, but rather is typical of the range and contains features from several prototypes.
Battery Electric Sentinel for 32mm Gauge.
This is a battery electric model based on the post 1947 Sentinel vertical boilered steam locomotives . These were mainly standard gauge locomotives but they were available in this style down to 3ft gauge. The model is not intended to be a representation of any one particular loco, but rather is typical of the range and contains features from several prototypes. Length over buffer beams 9” (228mm) Width – 4” (102mm) Height above rail – 5 1/2” (140mm) Weight approx 2kg. The model is built to a scale of 16mm / ft for 32mm gauge and has a high mechanical specification. It comes with a comprehensive instruction manual.
frames and frame fittings satin black
fly-cranks and buffer beams red
footplate and roof satin black
bodywork choice of - maroon, dk.green, dk. blue,
Other single bodywork colours by arrangement at the time of ordering at an extra cost of £30.00
The loco is fitted with the large round buffers which are such a visual feature of the prototype.
A centre hook and chain coupling is normally fitted but a wide range of other coupling types can be fitted.
Some fittings may involve a small extra charge.
There is a choice of control systems
Electronic speed control on this version is achieved by rotating the projecting part of the chimney.
On / off switch and reversing switch in the cab.
2.4 gHz radio control with full proportional speed control in forward and reverse.
Four channel radio supplied complete with rechargable batteries.
One channel controls speed and direction ( centre off position )
On / off switch in the cab.
Price. Manual control £660.00
Radio control £760.00
Postage extra at cost. (currently £22.70 )