MM3 Ruston & Hornsby 27/32HP 4WD

Scale = 4mm to the foot (1:76.2)

Gauge = 9mm (009)


Ruston & Hornsby of Lincoln was formed in 1918 by the merger of two firms, one of whom, Richard Hornsby & Sons pioneered the British development heavy oil engines better known as the diesel engine. For more than 50 years Ruston built locomotives in a wide variety of sizes, narrow and standard gauge, engine power and designs for all forms of industry at home and abroad. It was estimated that at one period in the 1960's one in four of all industrial locos was a Ruston product.

Enthusiasts have preserved a large number of the locos. Our model is based on one such that previously worked at the A.P.C.M. quarry situated at Rodmell, near Lewes in Sussex. The loco is now part of the large collection at the Leighton Buzzard Railway, Bedfordshire. This 2 foot ex-sand carrying tourist line also has a number of other Ruston products as well as other similar locos.

About this kit

This loco superstructure has been designed around the chassis unit of a Minitrix ‘N’ scale 0-6-0 locomotive. Either the British outline ‘LMS/BR’ shunter or the German outline branchline loco, both have solid disc wheels and connecting rods only.

Modifications are required to adapt the chassis to fit this to the body. Please ensure that the loco/chassis works well before commencing alterations, as these will compromise the manufacturers warranty.


Recommended sources of inspiration and information:-

  • Ruston & Hornsby Locomotives, Eric Tonks, Industrial Railway Society
  • Industrial Narrow Gauge Handbook, Roy C. Link, Narrow Gauge & Industrial.
MM3 Ruston and Hornsby 27/32HP 4WD
MM3 Ruston & Hornsby 27/32HP 4WD
MM3 Ruston and Hornsby 27/32HP 4WD
Ruston & Hornsby with added figure and curtain - © Simon Cox.

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