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2 inch scale Fowler DCC Showmans road locomotive - stock code 5462

A well-made Fowler double-crank Showman's engine to Plastow's "Princess" design - fit and finish of the motionwork is good, it runs well on air. Unused for many years, it's come from the son of the builder - he remembers his father steaming it when first built. Paintwork was not up to the standard of the machining work when first done, the passing of years hasn't improved it much. There is a canopy and brasses to fit it, the "dynamo" up front is fitted with a 13 amp plug - presumably to turn the engine over for demonstration although with old rubber-coat flex fitted I think a thorough checkover by a competent electrician would be a good idea before somebody kills themselves.

Silver soldered copper boiler, feed by injector and mechanical pump, water in belly tanks and tender with water lifter. Twin cylinder, compound working, cast iron cylinder block with valves overhead, actuated by Stephenson's gear with pole reverser. Mechanical lubricator. Three speed with differential, winch behind nearside rear wheel with fairleads on tender.

We've hydraulic tested the boiler at 200psi for 100psi working pressure - regulator, glands and just about everything leaks, however the boiler itself is sound and is warrantied as such. There's a clip of it running in the yard yesterday here.

In this scale a Showmans engine comes out as a large model - it's four feet long and a two man lift.

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