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2 1/2 inch gauge Fayette - stock code 2235

One of LBSC's most popular designs, drawn up at what was arguably the height of his creative powers at the end of the 1920s, "Fayette" was his idea of an Anglo-American Pacific, a large twin-cylinder engine with Baker valve gear. Many of these engines were built (and, indeed, continue to be - the castings and drawings are still available).

An older model requiring mainly cosmetic refurbishment. Copper superheated boiler fed by twin axle pumps (with individual bypass valves on the footplate), steam pump and an auxiliary hand pump in the tender. The motion work is well-executed and runs smoothly, there is a displacement lubricator below the smokebox.

The boiler has had a hydraulic test - there are minor leaks from two easily accessible stays in the firebox, other than that the seams and tubes are all watertight and appear in good condition. It has a large firebox with combustion chamber (very similar to the design he used on the contemporary "Maisie" design) which makes for easy firing and very free steaming.

I think that this would be a straightforward and really worthwhile restoration - the design dates from the very beginnings of the modern era of model engineering, just after LBSC had firmly established the credibility of coal-fired, passenger hauling locomotives in the smaller gauges.

Locomotive 26 inches
Tender 20 inches

gauge 2 1/2 inch