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Walkers & Holtzapffel

(London, UK)

Holtzapffel, who merged to become Walker's & Holtzapffel, and who as W&H Models remained London's largest model shop until their demise in 1994, began advertising 00-gauge components in 1928. After 1928, the firm was taken over by Sharpleshall Ltd. and was known as Sharples Hall Works. From 1932-1956, an associate firm conducted business as Walkers & Holtzapffel, and was also known as 'Walkers' during the period 1929-1931.

W&H (Models) Ltd was incorporated in October 1956 but Walkers & Holtzapffel continued to be used as the trading name until March 1959. They were actually located in Paddington Street but they added Baker Street (telephone Welbeck 8835) to their address until the trading name change.

Walker & Holtzapffel were at 61 Baker Street by 1933 and remained there until September 1956 when they moved to Paddington Street. They, by then trading as W&H Models, finally moved to 'larger showrooms' in New Cavendish Street during winter 1963/64. They retained the same Welbeck phone number throughout. It is probable W&H had the Paddington Street premises prior to 1956, but not as a shop, as they had a substantial manufacturing (i.e. Romford motors), and wholesaling business as well as retail.

John Van Riemsdijk was known for a controlled clockwork mechanism which was marketed as the Walker Riemsdijk mechanism, the Walker element referring to the London shop of Walkers & Holtzapffel in whose catalogue it was featured.


Walkers & Holtzapffel catalogue, date unknown (The 61 on each page is the address, not year)

Walkers & Holtzapffel catalogue, date unknown

Walkers & Holtzapffel catalogue, date unknown

Walkers & Holtzapffel catalogue, date unknown

Walkers & Holtzapffel catalogue, date unknown

Walkers & Holtzapffel catalogue, date unknown

Walkers & Holtzapffel catalogue, date unknown

Walkers & Holtzapffel catalogue, date unknown

Walkers & Holtzapffel catalogue, date unknown

Walkers & Holtzapffel catalogue, date unknown
Note Holtzapffel and Co, and Walkers

Walkers & Holtzapffel catalogue, possibly 1952

Walkers & Holtzapffel catalogue; price list is dated 15th February 1954

W&H catalogue index, about 1980, still listing 0 gauge

Walker Riemsdijk 4-4-4 clockwork powered tank loco

Walker Riemsdijk 4-4-4 clockwork powered tank loco

The loco illustrated below was described as controlled clockwork made by Walker Holtzapffel, purchased from Bassett Lowke High Holborn in 1953. Original black livery subsequently painted GWR green.


Walker Riemsdijk 0-6-0 clockwork powered tank loco

Walker Riemsdijk 0-6-0 clockwork powered tank loco

Walker Riemsdijk 0-6-0 clockwork powered tank loco

Walker Riemsdijk 0-6-0 clockwork powered tank loco

Walker Riemsdijk 0-6-0 clockwork powered tank loco

The 9F loco illustrated below was offered by Vectis Auctions in November 2016, and described thus :

Walker & Holtzapffel (W&H) O Gauge special order 2-10-0 Loco and Tender BR black Class 9F No.92029, 3-rail Electric. This is a crosti boiler version of the 9F Locomotive. This locomotive was ordered specially from W&H in the late 1950's by the vendors uncle. This is finished in plain black and with running 92029 to cab sides and British Railways transfer to tender sides. This locomotives represented the BR Standard Class 9F produced by British Railways with 10 of these being built with the crosti boilers and No.92029 was the last one. An interesting loco, commercially made in the Bassett-Lowke or similar style. 2-piece display all brass track, Excellent.


Walkers and Holtzapffel 9F 2-10-0 loco and tender
Image courtesy Vectis Auctions

Walkers & Holtzapffel gunpowder van body kit

Walkers & Holtzapffel refrigerator van kit

Walkers & Holtzapffel refrigerator van kit

Holtzapffel & Co Ltd sleepers (ties)

W&H crossover, brass rail

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