I think I’ve only had one “Helen Long” in before, so
long ago that I couldn’t even find mention of it in the archive this morning.
A collaboration between James Joslin of Canada, who produced the original
general arrangement, and LBSC who did the rest, including building a chassis for
Joslin, this is a large three cylinder 4-8-4T “might have been”. Without
going and digging out the “Model Engineer”s covering the build (late 1920s I
think, somebody will no doubt correct me) I can’t remember the exact wording,
but basically It was along the lines of “not a design for the beginner” –
which probably explains the rarity of seeing them today, I suspect few were
built and fewer survive.
This is a largely complete, dismantled engine with a
complete, assembled chassis, a boiler was hydraulic tested back in 2001 –
presumably when the engine was dismantled – and platework which has been
stripped and repainted into black primer. The rear bunker is in brass, obviously
If you aren’t already a reader of John Baguley’s inspirationally good website, it’s worth having a look – he has built a Helen Long (amongst many other things), documented in a blow-by-blow photo diary. Beautiful quality work and highly lucid writing, gives me something to aspire to.
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