Steam Locomotive Patterns & Casting Services

Supporting steam preservation and new builds.

Since the last mainline steam locomotives were taken out of service in 1968, enthusiasts have refused to allow the survivors to die. Enthusiasts, either as individuals or through societies or Heritage Railways are rebuilding, repairing or even building new steam locomotives in ways which could not have been contemplated only 20 years ago.

Since our first contact in 2012 from David Bradshaw and Kevin West of the LMS Patriot Project to see if they could make use of our modern patternmaking method using polystyrene patterns for casting their first cylinder, which proved extremely successful and has saved thousands of pounds on cylinder casting alone, we are now making patterns, mainly of polystyrene and supplying castings to many steam locomotive projects all over the UK. We are even seeing interest coming from mainland Europe.

Here is a list of steam locomotive customers to whom we have supplied patterns and castings in both steel and cast iron:
LMS Patriot project: cylinders, cylinder covers, valve covers, motion girders, motion brackets, horn guides, bogie components, expansion links and other motion parts
Grange Project: cylinders and liners for 6880 Betton Grange
Strathspey Railway: cylinders for its Stanier Class 5
80078 Loco Group: cylinder covers, cylinders (in progress), chimney
Bluebell Railway: steps, exhaust pipe, steam pipes, smokebox front ring
GWS County Project: steam fountain manifold, tender rear brake hangers, drip trap body
Holden F5 Project: cylinders and other frame patterns and castings
Mid Hants Railway: petticoat (in progress)
Boscastle Loco Ltd: expansion links (pending)

We are also undertaking work for traction engine and steam wagon enthusiasts

We also have access to a CAD specialist who uses Solid Works software and can produce the necessary drawings to your specification.

For more information, please call or email:

0121 544 6667

Who We Are

Premier Patterns is based in the heart of the UK and our experience over the last 3 decades has seen us produce work for Ford, Honda, Nisson, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin and many more in the automotive, aerospace and marine industries.

If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, then please feel free to contact us or to arrange an appointment at our workshop in Smethwick, West Midlands.

Why Consider Us?

Over 30 Years Experience

We have over 3 decades of experience, giving our staff the knowledge and craftmenship to supply you with a quality service.

Friendly & Personal Service

Our expert staff are here to help and ready to listen to your requirements.

Free Quotations

We provide completely free, no obligation quotations on all our services.

Quality & Affordable

Our emphasis on service and reliability at very competitive prices as enhanced our reputation to an extent that we now trade worldwide.