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10 1/4 inch gauge Midland Compound - stock code 3770

One of a pair of 10 ¼ inch gauge engines built by a retired engineer in the 1970s and run on a short length of line in his garden for several years. They were advertised in the "Model Engineer" in the 1980s and were bought by a man who kept a large collection of steam engines of all sizes in his house and outbuildings – neither were steamed during this time, one being kept in the cellar (which gave us an interesting job when time came to get it out) with the 4-4-0 ending up in the Midlands for what became a protracted (and as yet unfinished) overhaul. During this time the chassis was stripped and rebuilt, whilst the boiler was overhauled commercially.

Steel superheated boiler with expanded steel tubes, feed by axle pump with auxiliary hand pump in the tender. Cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Stephenson's gear with screw reverser in cab. Mechanical lubricator, steam brakes.

The engine is largely complete, the only bits known to be missing are the safety valves. It has been well-built and is nicely-proportioned – a good representation of the prototype engine.

We would be happy either to sell the engine in its current condition or quote to complete the restoration.

Locomotive 72 inches
Tender 48 inches
Driving wheels 14 inch diameter

gauge 10 1/4 inch