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.
|cylinder material||cast iron|
|valve gear||Firth radial|
|boiler number||WSHE 685-1010HV|
|boiler maker||Western steam Boilers|
|boiler construction||silver soldered|
|hydraulic test valid to||16/Mar/24|
|steam test valid to||17/May/21|
|safety valve type||spring|