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2 1/2 inch gauge LBSC "Helen Long" - stock code 1563

In 1927, James Joslin of Toronto, secretary of the Canadian Model Engineering Club, commissioned "LBSC" to build a 4-8-4 tank locomotive to his outline design. Fully-detailed and built by LBSC, it went on to become the first complex LBSC design serialised in "Model Engineer", intended for experienced model makers. A coal-fired design with a firebox over 6 inches long, the boiler provided steam for three piston-valved cylinders fitted with Walshaerts valve gear operated by screw reverser in the cab. The design was an immediate success, becoming a popular choice amongst those engineers capable of building it.

This model was started in 1929, built to a high standard. The chassis is complete and runs very smoothly on air. Motionwork is well-fitted and nicely fluted throughout. The boiler is complete and fitted. A small amount of piping up and detail work is required before painting. There is a purpose-built wooden crate which has done much to preserve this remarkable old engine over the last 70 years. The dirt on the motionwork is oil - the steel is bright underneath. There are some original 1927 blueprints with this engine.

Length 31 inches.

gauge 2 1/2 inch