Salem Mk 2

With its rugged good looks, this is a loco for all diesel enthusiasts .

Even for the committed steam operator there are  occasions when time is short, you just don't want to fire up a steam loco, you need to rescue a 'failed' steam loco (*see the video below) or you have young visitors who can have their own 'hands-on' experience.

Salem is ideal for all these situations.

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These two photos show a maroon Salem with blackened handrails and windows. It also has switchable fixed lights: white at the front and red at the rear

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Head and Tail lights for Salem

The images alongside show the twin LED lights. Depending which radio control system is fitted, lights can be fixed which at the front/red at the rear or automatically change from white to red with direction of travel

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Heavier weight 'industrial' buffer beams for Salem.

These cast buffer beams give Salem an even more purposeful look and add another 250g or so of weight - always useful.

They can be added to existing Salems but will need 4 x 2.3mm holes driiling and tapping 6BA in the buffer beam or I can supply a ready prepared replacement buffer beam

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They are compatible in height with both standard centre buffer  and multi-height couplings so will suit almost any stock that is likely to be put behind Salem.

Pair of buffers fitted to new locomotive, front and rear, as above                                   £12                                

Pair of industrial buffers for existing locos, including painting black and fixing screws   £14

Replacement buffer beams with holes drilled and tapped ready                                     £6

NEW! Optional alternative colours for Salem. Standard Salems are powder coated for toughness. This is only practical when a large batch is done so standard colours are green or maroon. However, I have kept aside a number of unpainted Salem bodies which can be painted any colour, either by me or by the customer. This provides a good finish but not as tough as powder coating.

HORN for Salem

In conjunction with Mike Ousby, Acme Model Engineering, I can now offer a realistic horn sound card. The sound has been recorded from a loco at the Leighton Buzzard Railway so is authentic. Unfortunately, due to the production process this cannot be added to an Acme deisel sound card so the horn sound card has to be installed in addition. This works really well with the Fosworks control system.


I can now offer Fosworks Omni-2 radio control as an excellent alternative to the basic sysyem. This 2.4gHz system is designed by Steve Foster. The hand-sized transmitter features a centre-off speed control knob and three auxilliary switches which can be set to be  momentary or locking operation.

The standard system is still fine (but, depending on supplies, may differ in appearance from the one shown). It features a much larger two-joystick transmitter, a receiver and the well-known MTroniks Viper speed control. Speed and direction are set up on Channel 2, the right hand joystick.

The two transmitters are shown to the right.

The standard Radio Link system (on the left) is included in the basic price.

Cost for the Omni-2 system is basic price +£80

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This video, taken on October 3rd 2014, shows the first production Salem fitted with an Acme sound card rescuing a stranded Swanage Models Lilla locomtive.

Don't worry, the Lilla had merely run out of gas - but it always seems to happen at the furthest point of the railway.

As you will see, Salem made short work of it. It's a real 'work horse'.

The video was taken on my iPad mini so is a little less sophisticated than Chris' videos.

This video was taken on Chris Bird's Summerlands Light railway and features a Salem with the optional MyLocoSound sound card.

My thanks to Chris Bird for this video.

Here we see the development prototype Salem, still in unpainted brass, pulling a seriously substantial load. It was made to work!

Although developed from the original Salem created by the late Ross Evans, and with the permission of his widow, Salem Mk2 is completely new and features the following:

*Laser-cut all-steel chassis with specially produced wheels, rods and cranks

*Etched brass body with 'rivets' and revised window detail

*Powder-coated body and chassis for durability

*Powerful motor with optional helical gear final drive for smooth running up and down hill

*14.4v rechargable battery

*2.4gHz Radio control with optional sound cards

*Regaugeable from 32mm to 45mm and supplied with handy gauge checker

*Sound cards, where fitted, can be switched on/off

I have experienced some difficulties with the helical gears that I previously used. I am now offering a choice of two motor/gearbox arrangements. These are both 'ready-made' so freeing me up to get on with other tasks.

Standard locos will be fitted with an MSC 'JH' motor and worm-drive gearbox. This is a very nice and perfectly adequate unit. An optional 'extra' is to have an ABC unit using a more powerful motor and helical gears. Both of these units are highly respected and popular in 0 Gauge models - in fact I have a lot of experience using both in my own 0 Gauge models.

Salem prices

Salem as pictured with 'basic' 2.4gHz radio control           £495

Salem with optional ABC gearbox with helical gears.        £545

Blackened handrails and window surrounds                      +£10

New heavy weight buffers fitted                                         +£10

Acme engine sound card fitted                                          +£45

Acme horn sound card fitted                                              +£45

Optional Fosworks R/C system                                          +£80

Other radio control options by negotiation

Fixed lights, white at front, red at rear                                +£30

Directional Lights                                                                +£50

*depends on control system fitted - not possible with 'basic' r/c unit

14.4v 'intelligent' battery charger (highly recommended)             £24

My thanks to Chris Bird of Summerlands Chuffers for his excellent videos.

Some data on Salem


Length over buffer beams: 25.5cm

Width: 10.5cm

Height: 15cm

Weight: 2kg

Gauge adjustable up to 45mm

Each loco comes with a wheel gauge - no more guessing when you change between 32mm and 45mm

Standard colour is green similar to the photo

Standard couplings are RWM multi-height couplings allowing great flexibility with rolling stock

Pilgrim Locomotiveworks

Details on the Pilgrim development are now on Pilgrim's own page. Development has been very slow, I'm afraid.

Click here to find the page