Model Engineering In Thailand and South East Asia

Andrew’s Model Simplex 5″ Gauge Steam Locomotive

Here are a couple of photos of my 5-inch gauge steam locomotive. It is a “Simplex” freelance model designed by Martin Evans. It is a 0-6-0 tank engine with outside cylinders and is suitable for a beginner to make. The drawings and castings are available from the supply houses in the UK.

The photos show a general view of the model steam locomotive and a close-up view of the inside of the cab.

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4 Responses to Andrew’s Simplex 5″ Gauge Steam Loco

  • Good morning Andrew
    I can only hope that when or if I ever get my three and a half inch Rob Roy finished it looks half as goog as your model I would be vert happy.Well done at least we are not alone in our hobby.

  • Hi Alan,

    The model was made in Thailand, Taiwan and Dubai.

    The boiler was professionally made in the UK and came with a certificate. However, it does not have a steam certificate yet, and I don’t intend steaming the train regularly for another year yet. I have done my own pressure test on the boiler and fittings last year, so I’ll have to repeat that again next year.

    I don’t think there are any boiler testers for model engineering stuff so it would be difficult to arrange that and the subsequent insurance if doing any public running.

    I’m not sure if it will ever run on a track as I don’t have anywhere to run it, although I am hoping my company have some spare land at their construction plant yard.



    • Hi Andrew and thanks for the information.

      It’s a well-traveled loco!

      I’ll have the same issues with boiler testing when I get my 6 inch scale Little Samson Traction Engine finished and ready for steaming.


  • Hi Andrew,

    Was this model was made (or part made) in Thailand?

    If made in Thailand does it have a boiler certificate?

    Has it ever been run in earnest on a track

    Just to add interest to the web page.

    Chok Dii Khrap,
    Good Luck

    Alan and Kanyah Brown
    “Surfin’ the World”

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