Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Ruston- Proctor

I've always liked 18" gauge railways. I think it must go back to seeing pictures of the ex-Woolwich stock when it was at Bicton. I've always had a soft spot for the early internal combustion locos as well. So when Narrow Planet introduced a 006.5 kit for the Ruston Proctor it went on to my wish list. It would probably have stayed there if James Hilton hadn't mentioned that he had a slot available if I wanted a built and finished one.

Those of you who follow his blog will have already seen the result.

It is posed here on my 009 layout, so it would be off the rails, if it was actually sat on the right chassis. That is in a box somewhere. 

This picture is an attempt to give an idea of scale. That blue loco is actually a HOf one. Having a thing for the Ruston Proctor I have some other supposedly "4mm" prints from Shapeways lying around. They are massive in comparison. 

So what am I going to do with it? It was originally intended for the Scalescenes canalside boxfile layout. I'm still playing around with ideas for this. I don't want the railway to overpower the scene, and I want it to look integral to the site. In the meantime, I have a display box that originally contained a miniature bottle of port that I think would suit a static diorama.


  1. I have a 009 RP from Shapeways (not one that fits a Kato, I had to make my own chassis) and it is rather overscale, by roughly a scale 18" all round. Its also out of proportion. Not my best purchase, but it does run well enough.

    Saltford Models also produced an etched kit. I have one of those as well.

    1. n drive do/did one in 7mm scale as well. Martin from Odds Oracle made the masters.

      I should really consider if one of the bodies scales out at 5.5mm scale