Erik-Jan Stroetinga

Last update
16 march 2013

Model Live Steam Locomotives 
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4-6-0 Royal Scot
gauge:   1
railway:  LMS
butane fired

0-6-2 GER 1003
3.5" gauge
railway: GER
Coal fired

0-4-0 Dacre
gauge:   0/1
railway:  Wales NG
butane fired


0-4-2 GWR 14xx class
5" gauge
railway:  GWR
Coal fired


0-6-0 T3
7.25" gauge:  
railway:  Germany KWStE
Coal  fired




Welcome to my web-site.
This site will inform you about my model live steam locomotives and the model engineering hobby. I've scratch build all these
live steam models over the years. Gauges go from 0 (32mm) up to 7.25" (184mm). I hope you'll enjoy this site.
This website will be stactic only. The updates of the progress of the new locomotive, a Württembergishe T3 on 7.25 inch gauge, can now be seen at  this blog:


The  T3 progess is now on-line at this link

Introduction to my steam locomotives:

Firstly let me introduce myself. I’ve been involved with model engineering since 1979, when I started with a gauge 0 GER 0-6-0 ‘Buckjumper’.

This is a gauge 0 model of the Great Eastern Railway J69 "Buckjumper". The model drawing of this engine came with the second hand, home built lathe which my father bought. Although the engine was completed, it was never a success, because lack of craftsmanship, experience and lack of knowledge about live steam. But it is still on a plint in the living room and it got me hooked on live steam model locomotives.

"Royal Scot"
A second engine - a gauge 1
 London Midland & Scottish Railway 4-6-0 Royal Scot - was built, which was partly a success…. It could run on its own steam, but not for long.  But knowledge and experience increased and with a better lathe (a Myford ML7) I decided to tackle a bigger engine. (10 years later I've build a complete new Royal Scot in the same gauge; it runs beautiful for a long period of time)

A 3.5” G
reat Eastern Railway 0-6-2 N7 class ‘Mona’ was built, and following the ‘words and music’ of ‘LBSC’. A booklet written by 'LBSC' was my guide to complete this loco. and it has become a very good passenger hauling engine, which I drive regularly.  

 Of course some unfinished projects are still waiting on the shelf
- a horizontal steam engine,
- a gauge-0 0-4-0,
- a 3.5” gauge 7 plank, open mineral wagon
- and even a 3.5” gauge Large Atlantic 4-4-2  ‘Maisie’, also designed by 'LBSC' )


The "Didcot": a 5" gauge live steam GWR 14xx class loco.

The "Maisie" wasn't continued, because I thought an engine on a large scale was  within the range of my capabilities.
I wanted it to be an engine in which I could incorporate more detail, closer to scale and looking like the prototype.

So, should it be a small 7.25” loco or something on  5”? And which locomotive would be a suitable prototype?


Over the years I’ve built up a small library, most books of which were picked up second-hand at local book shops. On sorting the books according to Railway Company, I found out that I had a lot of books on the Great Western Railway (England) . So I went through my collection of ‘Model Engineers’ and found that there was a 7.25” version of a GWR 14xx class locomotive (‘Dart’ by Martin Evans). 

With an overall length of just over one metre, I thought this could fit the bill:

·       I liked the appearance of the diminutive locomotive;

·       I had several photos of the engine in my books;

·      There are four prototypes preserved, which meant that I would be able to go and visit the real engine (as I did with the N7, The Royal Scot and the Large Atlantic);

·       It looked simple enough;

·       With only 6 wheels, it shouldn’t cost that much in terms of castings;

·       It could be transported in the family car;

·       On top of all this, I had the video tape of  "The Titfield Thunderbolt", in which 1401 plays a major role.

So I took the decision in the summer of 1995 to start with the new project: a 7.25” ‘Dart’.

I studied the drawings, converted some of the dimensions to millimetres and discovered very  quickly that most parts were bigger than they appeared to be in the magazine (although I have got used to working with the Imperial system over the years, I’m still not able to get an idea of size if the dimension is bigger than a few inches!).

To get a real feel of the size of the engine I thought it was best to start with a big part of the locomotive: the smoke box. (I usually make them from a piece of steel pipe, which I turn in the lathe). It turned out to be really BIG!. It could be made on my lathe, and even the hole for the chimney could be bored out on the milling machine, but I found that I was back where I started so many years ago. A lathe that was just not big enough to handle the parts that were to be made on it. A second drawback was that the material needed for building such an engine was hardly to be found in scrap boxes or otherwise easy (= cheap) to obtain.

So the project was abandoned very quickly, but what to do next?

( But now 10 years later (2006) I will try again to build a 7.25 gauge loco!

A new Reeves catalogue was ordered, because somebody of our steam club, ‘Stoomgroep Zuid’, informed me that there was maybe a 5” gauge version of this engine. He proved to be right, and within a month I had drawings for the 5” version, wheel castings and horn blocks delivered on my doorstep.

What to do in between?? I started to browse the ME’s; reading about the IMLEC’s and other club meetings in Great Britain. Then I discovered a very interesting article about a 5” gauge shunting competition held at Gilling.  Driving 5” trains at ground level……a complete train-set, just like 00, but then for real!

I knew this was what I would like to do; a small locomotive on 5” with only a few wagons would make a complete train.

The GWR 14xx is a small locomotive and in combination with, say, a brake van (20 ton Toad), a 7-plank mineral wagon, a 1 plank Match Truck and a Fruit van, it would make a nice set. To get warmed up, I ordered a set of drawings from an advertisement in the ME. It turned out to be from Doug Hewson, who kindly informed me about the GL5MR Society and their magazine.

My membership started with issue 10 (winter 1995/1996) and I’ve been enjoying it ever since. Of course I’m not familiar with all the railway terms/expressions and abbreviations used in some of the articles (I have no railway background, as most of the members seem to have, but am willing to learn). So 5” gauge proved to be the right choice for me.

A few pictures of  the 'Didcot',  click on the thumnails for an enlargement.   Four parts about the constuction of this loco are on-line on this web-site

The 'Didcot' GWR 0-4-2,  at speed at groundlevel track at Turnhout (Belgium) 2006

I finally cut the first metal for the new ‘train’, starting of course with the engine, in January 1996.
In 2004 the loco was nearly finished and in 2005 and 2006 did a lot of hard work on the track. The final paintjob was done at the begin of 2007.  This web-site will inform you about the construction stages of the locomotive.

Go direct to;  

Part 1 ,    Part 2 ,    Part 3,   Part 4  or  Extra part 4a

of the 5" gauge 'Didcot'


"Wurttembergische T3"
In 2007 I started a new project. I finally made the step towards 7.25"gauge. Once again a small 0-6-0 branch line locomotive, but now for the first time a loco of German origin with out side cylinders and valve gear.
Read more about this project here.




A small movie from the 70's  in which Bob Symes-Schutzmann very nicely explains what the model engineering hobby is all about. It's is one of the movies that contributed  to get me into the hobby.




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Zuiderpark Den Haag 2009

 Leek (NL)
2 May 2008

The Württ T3
Nov. 2008
Rijnhal Arnhem

Turnhout (B)
10 May 2008

Turnhout (B)
at speed

Photo made by Eric Bruinewoud at his photostudio in Eindhoven

At Loon Op Zand 2008

 3.5 inch gauge coal fired live steam locomotive of the Great Eastern Railway Built to the design of LBSC  called "Mona"

GWR 1414 'Didcot' after the run in Leek (NL)
20 May 2007


  GWR 14xx class loco on 5" gauge  and gauge 1  Royal Scot  class loco at our anual Model Engineer Exhibiton  in 2004

Home build Dacre, a freelance design of a narrow gauge locomotive in 16 mm ng scale


Erik-Jan Stroetinga at speed with the "Mona" at track in  Zuiderpark Den Haag


Mid winter steam-up at Breda, 29 dec 2006

Lots of steam at speed,