7 1/4" Gauge Captain Howey Mk II

Captain Howey MkII

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While driving such a large loco on eight small 150w motors has proved successful we have been asked many times if we could produce a more commercial drive system. The use of heavy duty commercial motors and gear boxes has produced a more robust drive system which is more appealing to commercial operators.


  • Wheel size 203mm (cut from 8" dia blank) EN8 steel
  • 1" diameter axles
  • Length 2100 mm (7 feet)
  • Width 600 mm (24")
  • Minimum radius - 15 feet (4.5m)

Optional Extras

  • GPS Speedo
  • Second set of batteries + associated wiring
  • Sprung buffers
  • Driver doll  in cab
  • Diesel engine sound unit
  • External cranks
  • 1HP- 25 min rating. 3HP peak output
  • Sealed worm drive gearbox and belt drive to trailing axles.
  • 24v iDrive digital controller - 140 amp continuous rating.
  • Progressive regenerative braking
  • Brass drivers controls
  • Top speed 10mph
  • Body 1.2mm steel cab
  • Rear body 18mm birch plywood
  • Commercial bearings
  • Vacuum pump and control for braking
  • 2 x 110amp hour batteries
  • On board battery charger
  • Hi Lo horn
  • Hand brake with alarm
In service the delrin gear system has stood up really well but the steel spur gears do eventually require replacement. They are also exposed and vulnerable to damage from external materials - such a a teddy bear. The new system with its sealed gearbox and transmission belt provides for a more robust and durable service.

This loco is ideal for around 12 passengers (2-3 coaches) on medium to heavy duty run.

The direct drive means virtually no slack in the drive system so the response between acceleration and braking is nearly instantaneous.  Belt drive to trailing axles means there is no maintenance required to the drive system.

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These locomotives are made to order and will normally take 6- 8 weeks on top of any current lead time.

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