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Railway Transport

"Buckerill" Railway Breakdown Crane
(Code: MP105)
11.20
These instructions describe the construction of this impressive large model. Scaled at 1:16 the finished model is over 2m long. It has four swivelling outriggers to act as support when in use. The model mimics the actions of the real thing, powered by four Meccano 6-ratio Power Drive motors.
 
18 pages of text, colour photographs and parts lists.

The builder will need to have experience of working from descriptive instructions and interpreting photographs.

 
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
"Corbellini" Italian Railway Carriage (Set 10 model)
(Code: MP214)
6.90
Instructions for the construction of a model compatible with MP114, GSM22 and other Meccano 4 gauge locomotives, this detailed and realistic 1:14 scale 1950s railway carriage can be built with a Set 10 plus 16 extra 5 x 1 flexible plates. 16 pages of text plus all-colour photographs .
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
"Sir William Stanier" Locomotive
(Code: M-SAMS2)
3.95
Instructions to build one of a series of medium-scale models by distinguished South African Meccano modellers, professionally edited and presented by Anthony Els, with full building instructions and amazing, full-colour, 3D VirtualMec drawings of every unit and assembly. This model is based on the LMS Coronation or Duchess class locomotive. It is scaled to Gauge 1 but is designed to run on 0 Gauge track. Only standard Meccano parts have been used in the design.
18 Ton 2 Cylinder Shay Locomotive 1918
(Code: MP215)
8.60
Instructions for a compact yet highly-detailed model. with twin, swivelling bogies (all wheel drive) powered via a 3-rail track. Requires a non-meccano, compact gear motor (Como Drill or similar), otherwise built entirely from standard parts. This 20 page plan includes prototype history and photographs and is illustrated with IsoMec drawings throughout.
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only..
3-Rail Gauge 1 Garratt Locomotive
(Code: MP198)
9.60
This instruction leaflet describes the construction of this freelance model which is compact yet beautifully detailed, and uses only standard Meccano parts. This model has been designed to run on Gauge 1 track so it would be possible to use propriety Garden Scale track such as LGB or Peco if a suitable centre rail is fitted. Illustrated throughout with IsoMec drawings.Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
4-6-0 Express Locomotive
(Code: MP114)
11.20

    
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
A1 Terrier Locomotive
(Code: M-SAMS3)
3.95
Instructions to build one of a series of medium-scale models by distinguished South African Meccano modellers, professionally edited and presented by Anthony Els, with full building instructions and amazing, full-colour, 3D VirtualMec drawings of every unit and assembly. This model is based on the LB&SCR William Stroudley designed A1 Class locomotive. Not to a perfect scale this model captures the lines of the prototype. Standard Meccano parts have been used in the design, although not all may be still readily available in the colours used.
Adams Radial Tank Locomotive
(Code: M-SAMS6)
5.95
Instructions from the South African Meccano Models series to build an excellent working model by Bill Steele of a Adams Radial Tank locomotive
American "Shay" Narrow Gauge Locomotive
(Code: MP97)
12.80
These instructions describe the construction of this large complex model. The builder will need to have experience of building large models from text based instructions and interpreting pictures.

24 pages of text, colour and b/w photographs, and parts list.

Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Caledonian No.15 Locomotive
(Code: MP118)
6.40
These instructions describe the construction of this 1:14 scale model of an 1847 locomotive built for the Caledonian Railway.

 
 16
pages of text, colour photographs and parts list. The builder will have to have experience of building a model from text and interpretation of photographs.
   
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
C-C Electric Locomotive
(Code: MCS09)
4.95
These instructions describe the construction of an electric locomotive of 1908 built to run on the Berne Loetcher Simplon Railway (BLS). Deisned to run on a gauge of 2-1/2" the model has twin Meccano Drive 6-speed Motor drive, one for each bogie.

12
pages including text, b/w photographs and parts list. The builder will require experience of Meccano model building from brief description and interpretation of photographs.

Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
E94 German "CROCODILE" Locomotive
(Code: MP201)
7.90
Based on the electric "Crocodile" or "Alligator" locomotive. Originally built for Swiss Federal Railways from 1919 to 1927, they were developed for pulling heavy goods trains on the steep tracks of the Gotthardbahn from Lucerne to Chiasso, including the Gotthard Tunnel. Crocodile locomotives were so called because of their long noses reminiscent of the snout of a crocodile. This instruction plan describes the construction of a compact model to run on a Gauge 1 track which can be powered via either a third rail or an overhead catenary system. It was designed by the late Pierre Marais of Johannesburg and the plan has been produced in his memory. The wheels of the twin, articulated power bogies are driven via sprocket and chain from PDU motors, and detailed drawings of the sprung pantographs and catenary masts and rail are included.Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.The plan has 20 pages in total with prototype information, IsoMec dia-grams and colour and other photographs.
Franco-Crosti 2-10-0 Locomotive
(Code: MP76)
11.20
These comprehensive instructions describe the construction of this massive award winning model built to a scale of 1 inch: 1 foot. A substantial collection of parts will be required. 

56
pages of text, diagrams and parts list.

Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Iron Duke GWR 4-2-2 locomotive
(Code: MP133)
10.50
These instructions describe the construction of the Iron Duke which was built in 1847 for the Great Western Railway to run on that company's seven foot gauge track. The locomotive was designed by Daniel Gooch and built at the Swindon Works. Isambard Kingdom Brunel was responsible for the selection of this very wide gauge which he believed to be ideal for the comparatively level and straight route between London and Bristol on which Iron Duke regularly ran at over 60 mph.

The scale of the model is 9.8:1 and was selected on the basis of using part 167B for the main driving wheels, and part 118 as a close approximation to the carrying and tender wheels.

Comprehensive building instructions cover the Locomotive Chassis, Axle Boxes and Springs, Axles and Wheels, Boiler, Cab and Firebox, Smoke Box and Funnel, Splash Guards, Running Gear, Tender, Crew, Motor and Gearbox, Track and Buffers.

The twenty eight page booklet includes nine full colour photographs and some fourteen other miscellaneous illustrations which include original working drawings of the prototype, and a Parts List.



 
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.

Larigue's Steam Monorail
(Code: MP134)
10.40

C. F. M. T. Lartigue was born in France and is credited with the invention of the Steam Monorail. In 1886 he built a demonstration model in London on part of the site now occupied by Westminster Cathedral. Subsequently the Listowel & Ballybunion Railway in Ireland was built on the same principle in 1888.

These instructions describe the construction of a 0-3-0 locomotive and a section of track

The bulk of the instructions for the model consist of a wealth of excellent IsoMec drawings covering no less than fifteen pages of the twenty four page booklet, which also includes a detailed parts list.

The twenty eight page booklet includes nine full colour photographs and some fourteen other miscellaneous illustrations which include original working drawings of the prototype, and a Parts List.


       
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.

 

Little Joe and Tricky Track
(Code: MP89)
9.00
"Little Joe" is a self-powered train which follows a track made up of various sections such as a turning circle, rotating platform, bridges, etc which are operated using the train's weight. The choice of the type and arrangement of these is up to the builder. (note these are not in the accompanying illustration)

28
pages of text, isometric drawings and parts list.

Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Live Steam Disneyland Locomotive
(Code: MP110)
7.20
These instructions describe the construction of a model entered into (and winning) a Meccano competition prepared by Meccano, with a few minor changes. It is powered by a Meccano Steam Engine (no longer available), so is true to the prototype.

 
12
pages of text, b/w photographs and parts list. The builder will need to have experience of working from descriptive text and basic photographs.

   
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
LNER Class E1 4-6-4 Locomotive 1000
(Code: MP127)
14.60

These instructions describe an update of an impressive model featured in the three successive issues of "Meccano Magazine" in 1935. Designed at a time just before the introduction of Strip and Flexible Plates, the original model was constructed predominately from Strips. This modernised version takes full advantage of the aforementioned Strip & Flexible Plates, and also made the model capable of movement.     

To obtain a high degree of realism a number of items were fabricated (a) End Plates for the Cylinders from Aluminium Sheet, (b) Wheel Flanges from the same material. (c) Brass Segments for Wheel Cranks and (d) Narrow Single Cranks for the Valve Gear. Flexible Plates were cut to shape for the smoke deflectors and Chimney.

The 32 page instructions detail in sections  the construction of Side Frames, Frame Stretchers, Drag Beam, Front Bogie Mounting, Pony Truck Mounting, Rear Sub-Chassis, Outside Axle Box, Front Running Plate, Front Buffer Beam, Smokebox Saddle, Reversing Support Bracket, Detailing, Cylinders, Driving Wheels, Valve Gear etc., Bogie/trailing Wheels, Front Bogie, Rear Fixed Wheels, Trailing Pony Truck, Boiler, Boiler Backplate, Smokebox Fairing, Chimney, Cab, Handrails, and Steps. The Tender description includes Chassis, Side Plating, Front Plating, Rear Plating, Corridor Roof, Corridor Side, Water Tank Top, Coal Space Back, Coal Space Floor, Axle Boxes, Wheels, Buffers, and Detailing.
                   
Illustrated by 26 coloured photographs, and 14 plating diagrams plus a comprehensive parts list.

 
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.

Midland Railway Five-Ton Portable Crane
(Code: MP206)
5.90
An instruction booklet describing the construction of this compact (1/16th scale) model of a man-powered, portable railway crane circa 1910, is straightforward to construct but includes a lot of accurate detail, including realistic underframes and running gear. The crane has hand-operated, geared hoist and luffing, a sliding counterweight, and the model includes two wagons and a length of trackPlease note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only..
Railway Crane (Set 10 model)
(Code: MP211)
11.20
The first model many a Meccanoman builds with this dream No. 10 set is Leaflet No. 1, the iconic Railway Breakdown Crane, a favourite subject of Frank Hornby. It also provided an ideal use for the equally-iconic Meccano side-plate electric motor. In MP211, Tony Parmee has produced a radically revised version in which the many ill-conceived mechanisms in the original have been redesigned to produce a sturdy, reliable, fully-functioning and more realistic model, still within the constraints of the Set 10. Incorporated are developments like sprung axles, powered slewing, fail-safe band brakes, a captive main bearing and working stabilisers enabling the model to lift a 20lb load in perfect safety.
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only..
Railway Passenger Car "CT" Type
(Code: MP223)
7.90
Instructions for a detailed, 1:12 scale model of an Italian railway passenger car from 1902, a type of two-axle carriage identified as "CT".

The model includes a section of track and buffers and is compatible with other 5" gauge railway models.

The many realistic details include buffers with springs, tow hooks for connecting carriages, moving platforms and gates between carriages, lockable interior doors and a working brake mechanism with blocks acting on the four wheels, operated, like the real thing, by a wheel positioned at the end of the carriage.

With text and 10 pages of colour photographs.

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Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Rolling Stock for Model  Plans 109 & 109a
(Code: MP109b)
10.40
These instructions describe the construction of five alternative items of Rolling Stock suitable for running on Marklin (or similar) gauge 1 two-rail track. Model Plans 109 and 109a describe locomotives to pull these.
 
  24 pages of three dimensional step-by-step diagrams and parts list.

   
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Snowdon Rack Railway Locomotive
(Code: MP148)
9.95
This instruction booklet describe the construction of a model based on a Snowdon Rack Railway Locomotive 'Eryri' and runs on Meccano Track. The rack uses the now obsolete Flexible Track Links inverted to represent the rack, engaging with a plastic now obsolete Meccano Sprocket Wheel mounted on the locomotive.

The 24 page instructions are illustrated with large and clear IsoMec diagrams throughout. They cover Inner Chassis Frames; Outer False Frames; Complete Chassis and Cab Floor; Driving Cog arrangement;   Connecting   Rods, Complete Chassis and Pony Truck; Valve Gear Arrangement; Cylinder Arrangement; Walkway and Front Buffer Beam; Boiler and Walkway; Boiler Front; Steam Dome; Chimney; Cab Rear, Front, Sides Roof & Components; Water Tanks and Coal Bunker; Firebox Front; and Track Bed & Track Support Some of the Parts employed are among recent introductions to the Meccano system in current Meccano Sets, and these are illustrated alongside the comprehensive Parts List which is included. There is also an appendix of parts required for Motorising.

 

       
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.

Two Rail 0-4-2 Saddle Tank Loco
(Code: MP109)
6.00
These instructions describe the construction of a locomotive suitable for running on Marklin (or similar) gauge 1 two-rail track. A relatively simple model by Model Plan standards, but ingenious and adaptable to other models. An alternative locomotive is described in Model Plan 109a and rolling stock in Model Plan 109b.
 
12
pages of three dimensional step-by-step diagrams and parts list.

   
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Two Rail 0-6-0 Saddle Tank Loco
(Code: MP109a)
6.00
These instructions describe the construction of a locomotive suitable for running on Marklin (or similar) gauge 1 two-rail track. A relatively simple model by Model Plan standards, but ingenious and adaptable to other models. An alternative locomotive is described in Model Plan 109 and rolling stock in Model Plan 109b.
 
12
pages of three dimensional step-by-step diagrams and parts list.

   
Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.
Welshpool & Llanfair Railway "The Countess"
(Code: MP90)
9.20
These instructions describe the construction of this attractive Narrow Gauge model locomotive.

26
pages of text, isometric drawings and parts list.

Please note these Model Plans are designed by individual Meccano modellers and may use parts not currently available. The level of instruction detail is dependent on the original modeller and varies from plan to plan. These are instructions only.