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2 1/2 inch scale Fowler superheated road locomotive - stock code 9089

A beautifully built Fowler "might have been", it's come to us direct from the builder, a highly accomplished modeller of both locomotives and traction engines - we had his Z7S ploughing engine in last year.

Following works drawings to get the overall proportions and look of a B6 road engine, the builder has used the superheated Z7S block and boiler previously developed for his ploughing engine, with two speed transmission.

We're admirers of good engineering, the more so when a builder produces something like this. Never a published design, it's entirely plausible and something which, without a doubt, Fowler would have built themselves if asked (as in the case of the hybrid B6 "Fen engine" which ran locally to us here at Nocton).

Running on rubber tyres, it steams and drives very well. We've done little other than replace the regulator with a carbon-filled PTFE type, our standard fix for leaky regulators (which covers about 80% of the traction engines we get in!).

Complete with a driving truck, with tow bar which anchors under the back axle.

scale 2 inch
length/inches 47
width/inches 19
height/inches 30
cylinder material cast iron
valve type piston
valve gear Firth radial
reverser type pole
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 1
boiler number WSHE 685-1010HV
year built 2010
boiler maker Western steam Boilers
CE mark yes
working pressure/psi 100
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 16/Mar/24
steam test valid to 17/May/21
superheater(s) 2
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type spring
mechanical pump 1
whistle yes