Stock code 2099
7 1/4 inch gauge "Romulus"
Quite the nicest built Romulus I've ever had in. Built in the 1980s by a professional engineer working for the Liverpool Water Authority, this engine closely adheres to Roger Marsh's original concept of a large, freelance well-tank designed more as a small real engine rather than large model. At around six hundredweight and nearly seven feet long with its tender, this is a powerful, comfortable engine to drive. It has had little use in the last ten years, and is in excellent mechanical condition. The original paintwork is very presentable, with a small amount of chipping to the buffer beams and on the cab corners.
Copper silver-soldered boiler fed by twin injectors and handpump. The handpump is fitted beneath the cab floor, with a removable operating handle. Both injectors are fed with cold water from the tender. Working pressure 100 psi. Twin safety valves, three-cock water gauge with blowdown piped below the footplate and glass protector. The boiler blowdown is piped from the backhead to down behind the drag-beam, with an easily-accessible wheel valve - it makes blowing down or draining the boiler dead easy.
Twin cylinders, slide valve actuated by Hackworth valve gear. Mechanical lubricator, with bypass valve for metering and plumbed via a sight-feeder in the cab which is rather a nice touch. There are remote oilers fitted for axle boxes and motion work, providing a good resevoir for continuous running and easily accessible oiling points.
Screw-down mechanical brake on locomotive with a powerful handbrake on the tender. The engine is vacuum-fitted, with vacuum brake lever just beside the driver's legs on the tender. The tender seat slides fore and aft, which gives a comfortable driving position for both Sam (4' 6") and me (6' 5") - I'm sure other sizes could be accomodated as well!
A particularly well made locomotive to a well-proven design - this is an ideal engine for both the larger garden railway or heavy-duty passenger hauling at the local club. Just tested with certificate to August 2005.
Locomotive 49 inches
Tender 33 inches
Weight approx 650 pounds
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