The work of a talented engineer with experience in the
repair and maintenance of standard gauge locomotives, this project was started
when he became involved with a 10 ¼ inch gauge railway. Far from the usual
“lawnmower engine in a tin box” concept favoured by less patient builders,
this is a well-designed, beautifully built and extensively detailed design.
Power train is based on a three cylinder electric-start
Kubota diesel engine which was completely rebuilt before installation (and I
mean completely, with a sheaf of
receipts for everything from new cylinder head and valves guides, through
pistons and rings to just about every seal in the engine). Transmission is by
hydraulic pump mounted on the engine, driving a hydraulic motor which is coupled
by gears to the rear axle.
The chassis is robustly constructed, the builder produced
patterns and castings for the horns and sandboxes in iron. Wheels are in steel,
coupled by flycranks and rods (if you look closely you can see the little wooden
bungs turned up to cap the oiling holes in the rods)
There is currently no bodywork, although there is a sketch
of what the builder had in mind which would allow completion should you not have
your own ideas.
The engine has was run in its current state some years ago
for a couple of days on a railway that Sam I and I visited earlier this year.
The engine is reported to run like a watch, the locomotive as powerful as
anything the owner had ever driven on this gauge (which, with a three cylinder
diesel engine driving all wheels through a geared-down hydraulic motor, is
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