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December 2007

New Anthony Mount Engine

Drawings and castings of a new Anthony Mount Engine, the Whitmore and Binyan Fixed Engine, are now available. It is currently being serialised in Engineering in Miniature.

June 2007

NGIMLEC Success!

We are pleased to congratulate Neil Mortimer on his success in the NGIMLEC competition last weekend (23/4th June). Neil with his POLLY III Neil Mortimer on his Polly III.loco achieved first place in the competition class, narrowly beaten overall by previous winner Brian with a much modified Sweet Pea.

James Tilbury and father, Keith, also deserve our congratulations for their performance achieving 3rd and 5th place in the competition class with their POLLY III. These results demonstrate the serious contendors which POLLY locomotives are in the hands of skilled folk such as Neil, Keith and James.

March 2007

GWR buffers

Whilst the web page may have been rather quiet in recent months, product development has been continuing apace.

photo of GWR buffers.One product arising from this is the fully finished GWR buffers, developed initially for Penrhos Grange (5" gauge) and the Collett Goods (7 1/4" gauge), we are sure these scale GWR buffers will find application on a wide range of models. The CNC turned sprung buffers are available to suit 7 1/4" gauge models or 5" gauge models and have the correct profile of head and properly shaped stocks. The step plates are available separately as lost wax castings. See the Practical Scale lists for prices.

January 2007

New book available by Anthony Mount

Book cover: Historic Engines Worth Modelling by Anthony Mount.

Anthony Mount, designer of many of our stationary engine kits, has written a new book describing some of his engines.

Volume 1 of 2 is now available with the second part available later in 2007.

More details about the book are available on our Historic Engines Worth Modelling page.

November 2006

Update on Sinsheim Announcement

We will be represented in Sinsheim after all!  As previously announced, due to logistic difficulties we are unable to have our own trade stand at Sinsheim this year, but we are pleased to advise that our European Agent - Vapeur Mecanique - are taking a stand and will be pleased to meet customers old and new.  They will have stocks of fittings and accessories and be pleased to discuss any requirements you may have for our products including the POLLY locomotive kits.  If you have any specific requirements, worldwide mail order is no problem, so email, telephone or fax your requirements.

Sinsheim Announcement

Regrettably due to logistic difficulties, with the London Model Engineering Exhibition immediately following in the same week, we will be unable to have a trade stand at Sinsheim this year.  We plan to visit Sinsheim and hope to meet some of our friends and customers. 

August 2006

New 7 1/4" Gauge Model from Polly!

We are pleased to announce the development of a 7 1/4" gauge 0-6-0 tender engine - the GWR 2251 class, which we are developing in collaboration with David Aitken. 

This will be a fine scale model and whilst not a kit, many parts will be available to enable fast build of a fine loco. 

The construction of the loco will be described in Engineering in Miniature starting October 2006 and a display of work in progress is planned for the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition at Leamington.

Schools update:

With publication of the articles progressing in Model Engineer, drawings and parts are becoming available.  Laser cut frames have been prepared and are available either plain or centre drilled, priced £50 or £80 per pair respectively including VAT.  Bogie and driving wheel castings are expected from the foundry shortly.

Polly Rally: 9th September 2006 at Sheffield SMEE

We are pleased to announce that the POLLY Rally on September 9th 2006 is to be hosted by the Sheffield SMEE. The Sheffield society have a very well developed club site with both raised and ground level tracks. The raised track is unusual in that it includes 7 1/4" and riding cars for the raised track must take this into account. However, the superb ground level track provides much operational interest and as last year we expect most POLLY owners to opt for running on the ground.

If you intend to bring a loco to run, please ensure that you have a valid boiler certificate and preferably contact us to let us know you will be coming.

Opening times and details of how to find the site are given on the Sheffield SMEE website and any queries may be addressed to Andrew Womack ( or to Polly Model Engineering Limited (see our contact page).

The Rally provides the ideal opportunity for POLLY owners and anyone interested in POLLY locomotives to come along and enjoy plenty of steam locomotive action. We look forward to meeting many friends and seeing some new faces.

December 2005:

New Year, New Website, New Catalog, New Products!

Regular visitors to the site will have seen little signs of change in recent months.  However much has been happening behind the scenes and with the launch of the new web site we are able to show a little.  We have taken note of a lot of the encouraging comments from our customers and in this new web page we have tried to make the information more easily accessible.  Furthermore, supplies customers will be pleased to know that a downloadable priced catalog will be added early in 2006.

Polly News:

2005 has seen the successful launch of the Polly VI, our new 'main line tender engine'.  The other locos continue to be popular, especially the Polly V large tank engine launched three years ago.  The workshop continues to be very busy with new developments in the pipeline.  During the year, loco kits have been shipped as far away as Australia and South Africa.  The two Polly rallies during the year at Bournemouth and Sheffield attracted a large number of Polly owners and it was good to see some different Polly locos active on the track - even if it rained a little at Sheffield.  With the obvious benefits of mutual enjoyment and encouragement of new loco builders, a Polly Owners Group is being set up.

Bruce News:

Our Model Engineer's supplies business has seen steady growth during the past year, with the biggest increases in sales being to Australia and the United States.  New territory for us is Russia, where we were able to supply injectors, etc for a 152mm gauge loco.  Exhibitions are where we meet so many of our customers, but the mail order and exhibition business is often closely linked, with some customers ordering goods for collection from exhibitions and others perusing the exhibition stock prior to placing their orders. 

The biggest news on the Bruce Engineering front is the introduction of a new catalog, the first full revision we have made.  The catalog now includes many new products together with a more complete listing of existing stock.  Anthony Mount has been busy and several new engines are now listed, including a new one to be launched in 2006.  Items such as the cast signs which few folk realise we manufacture, are now listed together with the material additions including silver steel and metric nuts and bolts.

Practical Scale:

This exciting range of loco designs has been part of Polly for some time now, but the priority has been to develop patterns and parts for the new Penrhos Grange, prior to promoting it.  As visitors to the Sandown Park Model Engineer Exhibition will see, the range of loco designs has been growing steadily.  The important point to note though is the approach being taken.  We are not producing kits for these fine scale locomotives, as we believe discerning builders of such models need the freedom to interpret some aspects of the design to suit themselves.  Instead, we are producing a wide range of high quality parts, including castings, lost wax cast parts, laser cut parts, CNC machined platework, CNC machined parts, etc.  These parts take the 'donkey work' out of the building of a high quality model and in today's busy world enable even the less skillful bulders to construct fine scale models.


March 2005:

Polly Rallies!

Following the outstanding success of the Polly Rallies over the past few years, we have been persuaded to hold TWO events this year.

With a significant number of Polly enthusiasts in the south of the country, our friends at the Bournemouth club have volunteered to host a weekend event in early June. Not to neglect those folk living north of Watford, the Sheffield club have offered to host an event in September.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Nottingham SMEE for successfully hosting the event for the last three years. With the two events in very different parts of the country at different times of the year, we hope this will give many Polly owners the opportunity to participate.

Please see our Events Diary for further details and either contact the relevant club or Polly Model Engineering if you wish to participate.

November 2004:

Ready to Run Steeple Engine

Photo: Ready to run Steeple EngineOur stationary engines are admired by many, especially at the recent Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition where Anthony Mount gained 1st and 2nd Prizes with examples of his recent models.

Following pressure from customers, we have now decided to produce a limited range of ready to run models, thus making these attractive engines available to those without the skills or facilities to build their own.

The first ready to run model is the Steeple Engine with orders now being taken for delivery from February 2005. Price for the ready to run engine is £1100.00 including VAT (plus postage). A machined kit will be available at a slightly lower price for those wishing to assemble their own engine.

October 2004:

Polly Rally 11th - 12th September 2004

The Polly Rally hosted by the Nottingham SMEE was an outstanding success with even more locos and enthusiasts turning out to enjoy the weekend. No less than 24 Polly locos were counted including the part built models on display and 18 locos actually ran on the Saturday.

Once again the reliability of the Polly was demonstrated and the only failure I was aware of was a blocked blower tube necessitating a visit to the steaming bay for the offending pipe to be cleared. Fussy injectors on another Polly didn't prevent the owner enjoying a pleasant run on the extensive Nottingham track.

A highlight of the event (apart from the Saturday BBQ which was enjoyed by all present) was the display of the new Polly VI prototype. A tender engined development of the Polly V, in the words of observers 'looks like a real loco, rather than a shunting engine'. Following some refinement of the design, it is intended to launch this model in March 2005. In line with Polly policy, we will not start to ship kits to the customers until we are happy the design is proven and customers can look forward to a happy and successful kit-building experience.

Photos from the rally have been added to our Gallery, click here to have a look.

July 2004:

Polly Rally 2004 Confirmed

To be hosted by the Nottingham SMEE at their Ruddington track (in the Heritage Centre just south of Nottingham) on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th September 2004. All are invited to join in the fun when we expect to have a large number of operational Pollys running on both days on the raised track (last year we had as many as 19 serviceable Pollys and several part built models on display).

Those wishing to run their locos are reminded that current boiler certificates are required and that locos must be fitted with spark arrestors.

The facilities of the Nottingham SMEE are superb (with the bus collection and standard gauge Great Central railway as well as the miniature railway) and you can be assured of a super day out - or even make a weekend of it.

A barbecue will be held on the Saturday evening and during the day refreshments will be available in the Heritage Centre.

Please telephone or email to let us know you will be bringing a loco or if you have any questions about the event.

Directions to the track can be found at the Nottingham Heritage Centre's website at

June 2004:

Practical Scale

Penrhos Grange Cylinder CastingPolly Model Engineering Limited is pleased to announce that following agreement with Neville Evans, we will now be the sole suppliers of drawings and castings for the range of locomotives designed by Neville Evans and recently serialised in Model Engineer.

The Practical Scale range includes: The Highland Locomotives - Loch and the Jones Goods and Penrhos Grange. The Southern Railway Schools Class is planned for the near future.

Please email your address in order to receive lists of available drawings, castings, laser cut frames, lost wax crossheads, etc.

May 2004:

Launch of New Website

Alongside the thriving Polly and Bruce activities, it has been difficult to progress this as fast as we would have wished. Strong pressure from customers wishing to access information about our products using the web have encouraged us to release this preliminary version. It is not as complete or comprehensive as we would wish and indeed may contain minor errors; however we hope customers will find the site a useful source of information and introduction to our products. Any questions or comments regarding the website will be most welcome.

March 2004:

The latest Polly locomotive has been ‘tested’ extensively over recent months. In September a great time was had at the Nottingham SMEE track where the Polly Rally was held. Needless to say Polly V ran from morning to night on both days.

The Erewash Valley MES requested Polly V to haul passenger trains for their Santa Special event in December. A clean and polish for the ME exhibition and Polly V soon off for operation at the 3 day event in Sinsheim Germany.

No time for lazing about on exhibition as Polly V again participated in passenger hauling at the Brighton Modelworld exhibition.