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04-24-2008 02:06 PM
RE: Emmet´s NELLIE


Meanwhile a Smallbrook Station Gn15 NELLIE Kit reached the Kraehwinkel Wokshops in Germany.
The Hornby "made in China" drive sends it along the very narrow rails like a Swiss watch.


The wagon, an enlarged printie from a 1951 papercraft kit, still seems to be a bit too large. No problem, simply print again, 10% smaller. No reason to disturb a dealer.

Have Fun

Fritz / Juergen
04-13-2008 07:46 AM
RE: Emmet´s NELLIE

Hi Everybody,

Thank You very much for the additional informations. I like the aerial pictures.

Chris Brown´s Emett Trains are very famous. I think, some of them were in AW Nuts Magazine years ago.

Last month somebody sent me scans of the puffin Cut out book and I assembled my first Emett train, using a Fleischmann Magic train chassis.

The original instructions suggested to us a 00 wind up chassis, and since it is more or less in 1 : 22,5 scale, it probably is the first Gn15 kit, 50 years before the term Gn15 was invented.

Have Fun

Fritz / Juergen
04-13-2008 06:09 AM
RE: Emmet´s NELLIE

I've just found this discussion having only today been informed about Smallbrook's Emett kit and gone looking for it on the internet. I'll probably have to get one for mey collection, though it may not run on my layout.
It's come out a little taller than my model Emetts on 16.5mm, (which don't really have a scale, only a loading gauge: they have to fit the tunnels!)

The real Emett railway only lasted three years, though it was hightly profitable. There was, unfortunately, some copyright or related dispute between Emett and Mr Barlow the builder, and the locos reverted to a more conventional A4-ish outline for the rest of their lives (One survives in that form, it is thought.)

You've already referred to my picturetrail site which has more Emett information...

Best wishes

Chris Brown
04-13-2008 05:54 AM
RE: Emmet´s NELLIE

The track plan was a single end to end line with no intermediate passing loop, with a single double-faced platform at each end. Each platform line had its own run round loop but no turntables, although the engines were Pacifics with six wheel tenders. There were two sidings to a carriage shed at the Oyster Creek end.

One train at the end with two would run to the empty platform at the other end, releasing its space for the next train to move. So two would be loading/unloading while one occupied the line.

No, I wasn't there, being five years short of being born, but it's become rather an interest of mine.
04-13-2008 05:39 AM
RE: Emmet´s NELLIE

Possibly the best place to find Emett's books second hand the the Advanced Book Exchange...

N.B. "Rowland Emett"

Everything except the very rarest are available pretty cheaply.
There are about 14 volumes in all, but several are condensed versions of earlier editions, so you can end up with a lot of duplication.
The best "one volume Emett" is "Trains, Trams and Englishmen"
"The Early Morning Milk Train" is the best single compilation purely of train cartoons, and it came with a companion: "Alarms and Ecursions" which was a similar collection of non-railway cartoons.
The other I'd recommend is "New World for Nellie" which was a genuine story-book, a rather different format.
Don't get "Nellie Come Home" which is the UK edition of the same book but features vastly inferior colour printing and paper (austerity was still showing in 1951)
If you see an "Anthony and Antimacassar" at any reasonable price and condition, grab it.
Also any "Make your own Emett" book going for significantly under £100.
That was a cut-out-and-make book from 1951 too, so the casualty rate was pretty high.
Chris the Emett fan...
03-24-2008 07:19 AM
Great Western
RE: Emmet´s NELLIE

Hi Juergen,

You ask for eye witness memories - well. it was almost 57 years ago so it is all a little vague to me now.[img]/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]

However these two urls might help you.


You may see the entrance 10 to points at 24 and 25 are where the railway ran it seems.* You may have to type in the search boxes to get the 1951 map to show.**


** The owners were, it seems, the London Borough of Wandsworth.* Maybe they have archives that they could share with you.

03-22-2008 01:51 PM
RE: Emmet´s NELLIE


Does anybody of the eye witnesses happen to remember the trackplan of the Battersesea Exibition?
Seems it was* 500 feet long and had three trains running:

Have Fun

Fritz / Juergen
03-06-2008 01:48 PM
Great Western
RE: Emmet´s NELLIE

Posted By tacfoley on 02/29/2008 7:04 AM

Incidentally, my gran made me a little red, white and blue golly out of wool.* It has gone everywhere with me since then.


Oh dear! Oh Dear! Tac.*
I hope you realize that this action is politically incorrect and you are likely to recieve the wrath of the self -appointed guardians trying to dominate our Country.
03-04-2008 10:18 AM
RE: Emmet´s NELLIE

I love the sign in one of the illustrations on that link

"Please Dont Tease The Engines"

I'll need to add that somewhere descrete in my station on my layout
03-01-2008 12:32 PM
Pete Thornton
RE: Emmet´s NELLIE

Posted By Torby on 02/29/2008 7:20 AM
Now there's something for our Mr. Brades to model.

Our Noel* "The Colonel" Livesteam5629 has already built something quite close to 'Nellie'.* Not sure if he intended to do so!* I'll see if I can find a pic.
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