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2 1/2 inch gauge "Netta" - stock code 1916

Another LBSC design, based on the North Eastern 'T' class tender engines. Over seventy when he designed this model, Lawrence showed that none of his faculties were diminished by describing the build in 1 1/4, 1 3/4, 2 1/2, 3 1/2 and 5 inch gauges simultaneously. It has proved to be a popular design with many engines built, though mainly in 3 1/2 and 5 inch gauges.

This engine has been quite well made and is largely finished. Stephenson's valve gear with pole reverser in the cab actuating slide valves between the frames. The valve rods have a rather meandering route from eccentric to valve spindle, with several axles to bypass on the way! The boiler is a water-tube unit, spirit fired and fed by an axle pump. The pump has never been plumbed up and there is no spirit burner. The connecting and coupling rods are nicely made, fluted with well-executed knuckle joints and accurately quartered wheels. The motion work inside has been well done, the whole engine turning over without tight spots, although it will free up considerably after running in on air.

There is no tender for this engine, although drawings and castings are still available from Reeves.

Length 19 inches

gauge 2 1/2 inch