Man tracks down dad's beloved model loco - 35 years after it was sold

The model Claud Hamilton, made by Albert 'Sonny' Knights.

John Knights, from Spixworth, has managed to track down the Claud Hamilton locomotive that once belonged to his father - Credit: John Martin

A Norfolk man has tracked down his dad's beloved model locomotive - 35 years after it was sold. 

John Knights, from Spixworth, parted ways with the model in 1986, selling it to a Thetford-based enthusiast.

The Claud Hamilton model locomotive in its unfinished state before it was sold by John Knights, from Spixworth, in 1986

The Claud Hamilton model locomotive in its unfinished state before it was sold by John Knights, from Spixworth, in 1986 - Credit: John Knights

His father, Sonny Knights, had made the five-inch gauge of the Claud Hamilton from scratch, but died before its completion. 

Wondering what became of the loco, Mr Knights issued an appeal in 2018 in the hope of finding it.  

And, a few weeks ago, he suddenly received a call from someone whose friend, Mick Cadd, believed the very same engine was in his possession. 

John Knights, from Spixworth, with painting of the model locomotive that was sent by its new owner

John Knights, from Spixworth, with painting of the model locomotive that was sent by its new owner - Credit: John Knights

"I was completely knocked out - I couldn't believe it," said Mr Knights. "It has been at the back of my mind but, as time passed, I thought I'd never find it.


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"Mick has sent a lovely painting of the locomotive and a photo of him next to it. He lives in Oxfordshire and said I can visit any time.

"This was all about simply finding it and knowing where it was. I have no way to show it and do it justice."

Current owner Mick Cadd pictured with the Claud Hamilton model locomotive

Current owner Mick Cadd pictured with the Claud Hamilton model locomotive - Credit: Courtesy of John Knights


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