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2 1/2 inch gauge 4-8-4 "Helen Long" - stock code 4950

I think Ive only had one Helen Long in before, so long ago that I couldnt 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 Engineers covering the build (late 1920s I think, somebody will no doubt correct me) I cant 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 newly made.

If you arent already a reader of John Baguleys inspirationally good website, its 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.

gauge 2 1/2 inch