If you just want to browse, then follow our timeline, starting in 1980 and click on the thumbnails for full screen pictures. If you are looking for details of specific past models, here is an alphabetical index to take you straight to the one you want. Some models have evolved over the years and appear several times in the time-tour.
Our collection of events and memorabilia will be updated and added too on a regular basis.
Alco- Anna- Argyll- Atlantic- Bangalore Bell- Bertie- Beddgelert- Billy- Bulldog- Blanche- Carrie- Charles- Charles Pooter- Coal Fired Models- Coffee Pot- Criccieth Castle- Darjeeling 'B' class- Darjeeling 'D' class Garratt- Deko- Dylan- Elsa- Erica- Fiji Fowler- Forney- Fowler- George- Gungadin- Harlech Castle- Helene- Jack- Karen- Katie- Lady Anne- Leek & Manifold- Liberty Bell- Linda- Little John- L & B- Michael- Mildred- Millie- Mountaineer- Mr. Merlin's Pooter- Old Colonial- Queen Anne- Russell- Sammie- Silver Lady- S.R. & R.L.#24- Stanley- Taliesin- Tom Rolt- William- Victoria- Vale of Rheidol 2-6-2- Zillertal-
The first commercial model from the Roundhouse stable!
'Victoria' was a model of an 0-4-0 vertical boilered tram locomotive that ran on the Plynlimon and Haffan Railway and was launched in February 1982. She had a single cylinder operated by slip-eccentric valve gear and a spirit fired vertical boiler.
She was discontinued in July 1984.
'Lady Anne' followed 'Victoria' very shortly and was originally an 0-4-0 slip-eccentric, spirit fired model as shown in the first picture. She very quickly acquired a polished brass dome and one or two other refinements (picture 2).
Radio control was also offered with the radio equipment housed in a four wheel tender (picture 3). All these early models had tin-plate superstructure.
See also 1983 Full cab version- 1984 photo-etched body version- 1988 Walschaerts version- 1995 latest update
1st colour brochure
Roundhouse have produced a colour illustrated catalogue ever since 1982.
Unit 9 Cherry Tree Road, the original 400 square foot workshop, just a few hundred yards from the famous Doncaster Plant Works - birthplace of such famous locomotives as 'Mallard' and 'Flying Scotsman'.
Over the next few years, Roundhouse expanded into the two neighboring units as well as staff and machinery needs increased.
'Dylan', an 0-4-0 saddle tank using the same chassis as 'Lady Anne', was launched in October 1982 and made it's debut at the Garden Railway Show at Welshpool the same year. Roundhouse exhibition stand at that first showing pictured below. Note computer aided display.
Dylan was finally discontinued in 1994.
See also 1984 photo-etched body version- 1988 Walschaerts version
1982 Welshpool show
Lady Anne (full cab)
Lady Anne receives a full cab like brother Dylan
Barry Vaughan joins the company as a partner.
1983 Welshpool show
Seeing as we had an early picture of Roger Loxley manning the Roundhouse exhibition stand, I thought we ought to slip this one in of Barry Vaughan the following year - Oh how time weaves it's changes.
firing first offered
All three models are offered with the option of gas firing. This is a conversion that bolts into the existing firebox but very few are actually produced. This option is later taken up by 'Gratech Services' who offer it as a bolt on extra.
It is not common knowledge, but Roundhouse produced parts and assemblies for the Steamcraft 'Mountaineer' locomotive. Here we see a batch going together in the first workshop around 1984.
See also Roundhouse own 2012 version
1984 also saw a move over to photo etched brass platework instead of tinplate. This gave a slightly different look to the three locomotives. Pooter also received a slightly fatter chimney.
Lineside Accessories and Locomotive detail castings
The use of white metal castings for adding detail to engines had been increasing over the last year. A collection of these locomotive parts which included cab steps, sand boxes, headlamp, cowcatcher etc. etc. were now offered for sale to builders for detailing their own models.
These were also joined by a series of lineside items in kit form.
This range of parts was finally discontinued in 1998
Factory expands into an adjacent and much larger industrial unit as extra space is needed.
To accompany the 'Old Colonial', two bogie vehicles were offered in either kit form or ready to run. The one illustrated is the 'stake car' which had sockets along the side for vertical wooden posts to be inserted. The other version was the same but without the sockets or posts.
These were a one piece cast resin deck with integral underframe detail, with white metal castings for the bogies, ends and stake sockets etc.
These were discontinued a long time ago.
Start production of an 0-4-0 vertical boilered loco something like a DeWinton, called 'Coffee Pot', for Brandbright Ltd.
It was gas fired and powered by oscillating cylinders and was offered with or without a roof.
The model was discontinued some time ago. Photo is courtesy of Winfried Plappert and the drawing is scanned from a Brandbright news letter of the time..
Factory expansion again as yet more space is needed. Now occupying three adjacent industrial units.
Steel Tipper Truck
Around the same time as Mr. Merlins Pooter was being produced, Tom also commissioned a batch of steel tipper trucks. These were fabricated from steel stamping's which were spot welded together and were available in either 32 or 45mm gauge using plastic wheels.
Only a single batch of 500 were produced, and only the first 50 of these went to SMP - the remaining 450 being sold as Roundhouse rolling stock.
Another special for Brandbright Ltd, this time based on 'Lady Anne'. She was in apple green livery lined in white, 0-6-0 and with much extra detail.
Charles Pooter (square windows)
Charles Pooter also received a further face lift and gained square spectacles and a brass dome amongst other detail improvements.
Erica was a reincarnation of Mr. Merlins Pooter but aimed at the continental market. It now featured spark arrestor chimney and a more continental livery.
It was discontinued in 1989.
Lady Anne spirit fired Walschaerts version
This is one that never was!. The prototype Walschaerts Lady Anne was actually spirit fired and appeared in a couple of adverts and one issue of the colour brochure at the time, though by the time it went into production, it had evolved into an internally gas fired model to overcome some production shortcomings.
Internal gas firing and Walshaerts type valve gear were introduced on Dylan and Lady Anne and both models became 0-6-0 with adjustable gauge wheels. Both engines were offered as either spirit fired slip eccentric or gas fired Walschaerts models. This major change in the Roundhouse range opened up many more possibilities and a new tender loco soon followed.
Charles Pooter final version
Pooter is updated to latest type squared end axles and self quartering outside cranks plus adjustable gauge wheels.
Pooter is finally discontinued in 1999 and the last model was built February 22nd 2000.
The Fowler made it's debut at the Welshpool exhibition in August of this year - remember the 'cow shed'.
He's an 0-6-2 tender locomotive with Walschaerts valve gear and internal gas firing and is still in current production - see Fowler in the Models section.
This loco is also offered in kit form in 2010.
New Roundhouse Factory
Having now completely outgrown our factory units at Hexthorpe, a move to new premises at Wheatley caused some upset to production at the end of 1989, but it was well worth the effort. Take our virtual factory tour and see for yourself.
L & B
The Lynton and Barnstaple 2-6-2 was an internally fired tank locomotive with slip eccentric valve gear.
It was discontinued in 1995.
Elsa is a model produced specially for Garden Railway Specialists of Princess Risborough in the UK. It is an 0-6-0 saddle tank with tender and is based on the former Jack model. This model is now discontinued.
A detailed model of a Fowler 0-6-2 side tank locomotive that ran in Fiji on a sugar cane railway. This engine was manufactured for Brandbright Ltd and was discontinued in 1999.
Michael was a special produced for a company called SMD Models and was really a Dylan without a saddle tank.
It is now discontinued.
Coal Fired Models
The Shawe Steam Services coal fired models were first announced this year and have gone from strength to strength. Most current and some discontinued Roundhouse models can be had in coal fired form.
See Specialsand also The Ultimate Driving Machine
Billy was also launched this year and is an 0-4-0 model loosely based on an Arthur Koppel design for a standard small tank locomotive.
He is still available - see Billy in the Models section
Yet another model produced specially for Garden Railway Specialists. This model is now discontinued.
Liberty & Bangalore Bell's
See also Liberty Bell Mk. II in 1999
Two specials for Brandbright, both based on the 0-6-2 Fowler. Liberty Bell is a US style 2-6-2 and Bangalore Bell a 'Colonial' style 0-6-2, both with tenders.
Both models are now discontinued
Two new engines with a continental flavour.
William was discontinued in 2007, see William
Stanley was discontinued in 1998.
See also Stanley Limited Edition in 2014.
Lady Anne Update
A complete re-design of the ever poplar Lady Anne to bring it's construction in line with other current models. On the face of it, not a lot of difference, and that was the aim. The superstructure and methods of assembly were however radically different.
A great deal of effort and expense went into the development of a new gas burner for the internal firing system to overcome a number of shortcomings with the earlier 'bought in' item. The outcome was a system that was far more efficient, stable and quieter and could also be easily produced in quantity at the Roundhouse factory.
Raising Steam Video
The original 'Roundhouse - The Video' had proved extremely popular, but was now quite out of date so a new version was produced, once again all done in house. Discontinued 2005.
A six coupled version of Billy, produced for our French agent 'Vapeaur Express'.
The popularity of the Lady Anne kit and constant enquiries for other models in the same format, brought about the introduction of Billy in kit form.
The vacant factory unit next door was too much of a temptation at this time when room for extra machinery was required for expansion of production facilities. Our address now became units 6 - 7 and it added about an extra 2000 square feet in available space, check it out in our Virtual Factory Tour. and see how quickly all this extra room was filled.
Katie was launched at the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers AGM and convention at Stoneleigh and is still in production - see Katie in the Models section.
This is a model of 0-6-2 tank locomotive Russell of the Welsh Highland Railwy and was first shown at the Welshpool show this year.
It receives a facelift in 2015
Liberty Bell Mk.2
The Brandbright 'Liberty Bell' is re-launched with a face lift.
'FX' gas burner was developed for the external gas firing system on 'Millie'.
A new range of budget locomotives was launched at the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers convention in March under the heading 'Basic Series'. These are still available - see Models.
Engineering Co. Ltd.
A major re-structuring brings an end to 'The Roundhouse Engineering Company' and a new beginning under 'Roundhouse Engineering Co. Ltd.'. Same dedicated team.
Bertie is launched at the Welshpool show in September as the third of our 'Basic Series' of models - see Models.
The Forney is announced in December as the new addition to our 'Classic Series' of models.
It features a number of radical changes from normal Roundhouse practice - piston valve cylinders, reversing steam valve, articulated power bogie and mixed gas firing system.
The Forney is discontinued in 2004.
Vale of Rheidol 2-6-2
Launched in March and first shown at the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers convention in April, this follows on from the standards set by the Darjeeling 'B' class two years previously and takes them to new heights. It introduces a few new features to Roundhouse models such as working steam whistle and drain cocks.
This model was discontinued at the end of 2011.
Further Factory Expansion
Once again, another vacant factory unit next door was too much of a temptation at this time when room for extra machinery was required for expansion of production facilities and the old showroom was just too small. Our address now became units 6 - 9 and it added another 2000 square feet in available space, check it out in our Virtual Factory Tour..
Raising Steam Video discontinued
This version of our video had been in production since 1995 and ten years down the line, it is way out of date with regard to production methods and facilities. The decision was taken to discontinue it as of January 2005
Launched in April and first shown at the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers convention, this was a new version of the old Charles Pooter locomotive designed using current production methods and with internal gas firing, water top up system etc.
Carrie was discontinued in 2007.
The popularity of the Lady Anne and Billy kits and constant enquiries for other models in the same format, brought about the introduction of Katie in kit form.
Linda, Blanche & Charles
Launched 1st April and first shown at the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers convention, this new model comes in three versions - Ffestiniog Railway Linda, Penrhyn Railway Linda or Blanche and Penrhyn Railway Charles. Finally after twenty six years, we get to offer a model of Charles
The three 'Penrhyn Sisters' were discontinued at the end of 2009.
See also Charles 2012.
2007 - 25th Anniversary year.
As it's also Lady Anne's silver anniversary, we decide to do a special version and named her Silver Lady.
A Roundhouse first, battery powered diesel loco.
See also Diesel chassis kit
Criccieth Castle is discontinued on 31st December 2015.
added to home builder parts together with Carrie cylinders. All launched on 31st March at Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers convention.
Launched at the Stoneleigh show in March, this is our second articulated locomotive (see Forney), but this time with conventional slide valve cylinders using a modified version of our inside valve gear.
This model was discontinued on 31st December 2012.
Launched at the Stoneleigh show in April, this is a return to the C & M L R for Roundhouse as we produced a model of 'Argyll' from 1993 to 2004. Atlantic sees the model brought in line with current production methods, adds a few extra features and brings the size much closer to scale.
This model was discontinued on 31st December 2012.
Criccieth Castle chassis is made available in kit form as HBK-D1, see KITS
Jack Special Edition
Due to popular demand, Jack is re-introduced for one final run. A limited edition of just 100 engines was announced in August and all orders were filled by October for production during 2010.
Linda, Blanche and Charles are discontinued at the end of the year.
Launched at the Stoneleigh show in April, this model of the Tallylyn Railway locomotive, is the smallest loco ever produced by Roundhouse.
This model was discontinued on 31st December 2012.
Fowler kit is made available as HBK20, 21,22 and 23 see KITS
Leek & Manifold
Launched at the Stoneleigh show in April, this is a model of the Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway 2-6-4 locomotives.
Vale of Rheidol 2-6-2 is discontinued at the end of the year.
Lineside Accessories - after a break of thirteen years, a new range of lineside accessories is launched, starting with a station clock, ticket machine and post box. see LINESIDE
Launched in August, two new freelance designs of an 0-4-0 locomotive with or without tender.
George is discontinued on 31st December 2014.
Mildred is discontinued on 31st December 2014.
Launched at the Stoneleigh show in March, this is a model of the Ffestiniog Railway (ex WD) 2-6-2 locomotive.
To celebrate the 130th birthday of this popular locomotive and the 50th anniversary of the closure of the Penrhyn railway, Charles is re-introduced to the range.
He is finally discontinued 31st December 2015.
Introduced by popular demand following the launch of Mountaineer, this is a WD 2-6-2 locomotive.
Tom Rolt is discontinued on 31st December.
Atlantic is discontinued on 31st December.
Taliesin is discontinued on 31st December.
Launched at the Stoneleigh show in April, this is a model of the WHHR 0-4-2 tank locomotive Karren.
Also launched at Stoneleigh, our long awaited second diesel locomotive.
New rolling stock kits launched at the Llanfair Garden Railway Show in September.
Yet Another Factory Expansion
Once again, another vacant factory unit next door was too much of a temptation at this time when extra room was required for expansion of production facilities. Our address now became units 6 - 10 and another 2200 square feet is added, check it out in our Virtual Factory Tour.
Launched at the Stoneleigh show in April, this is a model of the NWNGR 0-6-4 saddle tank locomotive Beddgelert.
Stanley Limited Edition
Due to popular demand, a limited edition of 100 locomotives is announced.
Launched at the Llanfair Garden Railway show in August, Harlech Castle is a further addition to our diesel locomotive range.
George is discontinued on 31st December.
Mildred is discontinued on 31st December.
Darjeeling 'D' class Garratt
Launched at the Stoneleigh show in April, this is a model of the DHR 0-4-0+0-4-0 class 'D' Garratt locomotive.
To celebrate the return to traffic of this popular locomotive, Russell receives a facelift with much extra detail.
A further addition to the diesel range.
George kit.- George is made available in kit form see KITS
Charles is discontinued on 31st December.
Criccieth Castle is discontinued on 31st December.
Launched at the Peterborough show in April 2016, this is a model of a 0-6-2 Bundaberg Fowler.
Launched at the Peterborough show in April 2016, this is a model of the Darjeeling NDM-6 is another addition to the Roundhouse Darj range.
Moutaineer is discontinued on 31st December 2016.
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