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3 1/2 inch gauge 0-6-0 Bassett-Lowke design - stock code 1735

A large tank locomotive, designed by Bassett-Lowke who supplied drawings and castings. In the introductory paragraph of their constructional notes for this engine, they begin:

"In presenting this new design of locomotive for amateur construction we are confident that a long felt want is being supplied. This robust design 6-coupled Tank Locomotive has been prepared with a view to offering a model that is sufficiently powerful to haul a load of 16 adult passengers, and, at the same time all the components are of such a nature, that they may be machined and finished by those who have only a slight knowledge of engineering work and who have had no previous experience in the building of steam locomotives."

This is a well-made old model which runs very nicely and is, as the designers assert, surprisingly powerful for a 3 1/2 inch gauge engine (although, it must be said, we haven't tried 16 adult passengers!). Silver-soldered copper boiler with superheater fed by axle pump and injector, with auxiliary hand pump in one side tank.

Cylinders are 1 1/8 x 1 5/8, slide valve actuated by Walshaerts gear, mechanical lubricator driven from the motion.

The engine comes with a complete set of drawings and original Bassett-Lowke booklet on the design.

Length 29 inches

gauge 3 1/2 inch