Gallery

This page contains photos of models made by Ixion Model Railways, and also some personal models constructed and photographed by the three Ixion Directors.

Ixion's C32: Photos from the production process

Images of the computer-aided design (CAD) drawing, and stages in the production process.

Final CAD

HO Scale

The final version of the computer-aided design drawing.

The two different running plates

HO Scale Photo by Lindsay O'Reilly

This photo shows the difference between the curved and angled running plates as offered on our 32 Class loco. The curved version is the original Beyer, Peacock production run, and the angled footplate was used on the locos made by Baldwin in the USA - it was cheaper to manufacture. Note that all the buffers in these photos are raw brass, as the supplier only blackens them for the full production run of 6000 pieces. The same applies to wheels and valve gear and rods.

C32 cab interior

HO Scale Photo by Lindsay O'Reilly

The cab interior - boiler backhead - of the 32 Class.

32 Class Decoration samples

HO Scale Photo by Lindsay O'Reilly

A 'kitchen bench' photo. All three decoration samples of the C32 arrayed for your viewing pleasure.

'P' Class 6-wheel tender

HO Scale Photo by Lindsay O'Reilly

This photo shows the original 'P' Class 6-wheel tender to be fitted to our models - 3298 in this case. As this was produced as a sample by itself, without a matching loco, it is here coupled to 3333 for illustrative purposes only. Note that all the buffers in these photos are raw brass, as the supplier only blackens them for the full production run of 6000 pieces. The same applies to wheels and valve gear and rods.

3258

HO Scale

This factory-supplied photograph shows 'red-edge' 3258 straight off the decoration sample production line, before being shipped to Australia for evaluation.

3265 in close-up

HO Scale Photo by Lindsay O'Reilly

A close-up of the NSWR crest and "Hunter" nameplate on 3265. These are beautifully printed and etched, respectively; remember, this is HO scale, and the face of that sandbox is just 6mm high.

C32 Box design

HO Scale Photo by Lindsay O'Reilly

This is the design artwork for the top of the 32 Class box.

Phil Badger's Models

Richmond

N Scale Photo by Ralph Cooke

Phil Badger's 1980's N scale (1:160) layout "Richmond" was a scale model of the New South Wales Government Railways terminus of the same name, west of Sydney. It astounded and delighted exhibition crowds, and was featured as a "Railway of the Month" in Continental Modeller.

All of the rolling stock and locomotives are Phil's own work, as are the handbuilt track and scratchbuilt structures. When everybody else was saying only HO scale was really practical for modelling Australian railways, Phil was busy proving them wrong.

NSW AD60 Beyer Garratt

N Scale

This locomotive is probably Phil's masterpiece. It is one of a limited run of 1:160 scale ready-to-run models of the NSWGR AD60 class Beyer, Garratt 4-8-4+4-8-4 heavy freight locomotive.

The model is built from Phil's own etchings, castings and turnings, and runs on a pair of self-designed, scratchbuilt chassis.

This model is no longer available.

NSWGR 38 Class

N Scale

Another of Phil's RTR models, this one is also available in kit form from Phil's longstanding personal company, BadgerBits. The loco is an unstreamlined member of the 30-strong class of NSWGR C38 Pacifics.

This 4-6-2 locomotive was regarded by many as the pinnacle of Australian steam loco design, and the first five were built in streamlined form. The remaining 25 had a more conventional appearance, as shown here.

The model is built from Phil's etchings and castings, and runs on a MicroAce chassis. Phil has painted this one to represent the full glory of the NSW lined green passenger livery.

VR K Class

N Scale

This photo is of a finished version of Phil Badger's most recent kit release, for the Victorian Railways K Class 4-6-0. The loco body and tender are polyurethane castings, detailed with brass lost-wax castings and etchings.

It runs (like a Swiss watch) on a MicroAce chassis. It is finished in its everyday grubby working condition.

NSW 16 Class

HO Scale

This photo shows some of the detail on Phil's scratchbuilt HO (1:87) scale NSW 16 Class 4-4-0 locomotive. Again, the etchings, turnings and construction are all Phil's own work.

VR Garratt G Class

On30 Scale

Proving his versatility, this is a built-up version of Phil's etched brass kit for the Victorian Railways G Class Garratt, in 1/4" (1:48) scale, also known as On30.

The prototype was designed for the 2'6" gauge Government-owned lines which ran into the mountainous areas of Victoria, and a member of the class (G42) has recently been returned to steam on the Puffing Billy Railway.

Chris Klein's Models, updated 2016

Cambrian Railways 15 Class 0-6-0

7mm O Gauge Photo by Chris Klein

A 7mm scale 0 Gauge Cambrian Railways 15 Class 0-6-0 built from the Gladiator (ex-Javelin) kit. The kit features an etched nickelsilver chassis and etched brass superstructure with various white metal castings. The locomotive and tender chassis are fitted with 3-point compensation for a smooth running. The class survived into British Railways owner ownership lasting until the mid-1950s. 


Cwm Bach Cameo

7mm O Gauge Photo by Chris Klein

A cameo scene by the scratchbuilt signal box on Cwm Bach, Chris Klein's 0 gauge layout based on a South Wales Valleys colliery theme in the 1950s/1960s. 

The End of the Line

7mm O Gauge Photo by Chris Klein

The end of the line at Cwm Bach. The goods shed is scratchbuilt and the backscene features buildings and scenes from Wales.

GWR 56XX

7mm O Gauge Photo by Chris Klein

No representation of South Wales in later GWR and British Railways steam days is complete without the GWR 56xx 0-6-2 tank locomotives. This model was built from the J&M etched brass and nickelsilver kit produced by the late and sorely missed John Maidment. Fitted with DCC sound, the loco has a compensated chassis and displays the working's target number plate on a lamp iron. Target numbers were a signature of railway operation in South Wales helping signalmen to identify trains correctly on the dense and intensively worked network, but they are rarely modelled.

Fowler DM

7mm O Gauge Photo by Chris Klein

"Kitchener" is Chris Klein's personalised Ixion Fowler 0-4-0 diesel mechanical locomotive resprayed in black and weathered. The model is fitted with the excellent EDM Models Fowler DCC sound project. 

7mm O Gauge Photo by Chris Klein

This is "Elijah", Chris's personalised Ixion Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0ST locomotive standing in the colliery exchange siding behind Cwm Bach station. It is fitted with a South West Digital DCC sound unit. 

Cwm Bach's Loco Depot

7mm O Gauge Photo by Chris Klein

A scene from the magnificently titled National Coal Board Cwm Bach Colliery Motive Power Depot. The coal stage is a scratchbuilt from balsa wood, and the water tank is a mix of Plastruct girders and the remnants of the DAPOL ex-Airfix 00/4mm scale water tank. 

Peckett E Class

7mm O Gauge Photo by Chris Klein

Chris's personalised Minerva Model Railways Peckett E class 0-4-0ST locomotive. Additional scratchbuilt details include the toolbox, tank lifting rings and shunter's pole. The buckets and oil cans are from the Ixion steam tools kit. The weathering was achieved with brushed paint and judicious use of weathering powders proving that ownership of an airbrush while advantageous, is not essential for an effective finish. 

Lindsay O'Reilly's Models

NSW Cattle Wagon

N Scale

This N scale NSWGR CW 4-wheel cattle wagon was built from a Phil Badger 'BadgerBits' etched brass kit, and was Lindsay's first venture into N scale soldered kit building.

The sides simply fold up from three layers of etching to produce the relief which is characteristic of these wagons - brilliant design! The wagon has a cast polyurethane roof and chassis.

S Wagon and Hunslet 0-6-0ST

7mm Scale

The O Gauge (7mm/foot, 1:43 scale) wagon on the left is a New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR) steel-bodied S wagon, built from a Gago Models kit. The Hunslet loco, named 'John Hunter', was built in a single day from the fabulous, and much-missed, 85A Models kit, and represents a loco owned by a fictitious NSW colliery.

Coal Hopper

7mm Scale

This model represents a four-wheel 'non-air' coal hopper owned by a fictitious colliery on the NSW Hunter Valley coal fields. At the height of the steam era there were over 12,000 of these wagons in use, ferrying coal to the port of Newcastle, and the BHP steelworks next to it. The scratchbuilt hopper rides on a modified Slater's chassis.

Colliery Wagons

7mm Scale

These two wagons represent colliery-owned vehicles. The flat wagon on the left is built on a Peco chassis, and represents a similar vehicle which ran on the Richmond Vale Railway. The one on the right is a straight build of the Slater's rectangular tank wagon, painted and weathered for its new Hunter Valley location.

Wagon

14mm Scale

This wagon is a heavily modified Garden Railway Specialists three-plank wagon kit, intended for G scale (13.5mm/foot, 1:22.5 scale) but here built to 14mm scale, to run on 66mm gauge track.

A new wooden body was constructed with interior detailing in styrene. The whitemetal chassis needed widening, with new axles turned from 1/4" stainless steel rod; the wheels were lathe-turned down to exact prototype dimensions by Ray Cross and Graham Holland.

It is based on a Richmond Vale Railway 'D' wagon, and is BIG (as models go).

Batlow Goods Shed

7mm Scale

Not strictly a model... This drawing of Batlow Goods Shed was done by Lindsay for 7th Heaven, the magazine of the 7mm Ausmodellers Group.