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
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.
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