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3 1/2 inch gauge 2-6-2 tank locomotive "William" - stock code 2626

One of Martin Evans' freelance designs, "William" makes up into a rather decent sized Prairie for 3 1/2 inch gauge. I've had a couple before, they run well, free-steaming and easy to drive.

Silver-soldered copper boiler with superheater, 80psi working pressure. Feed by axle pump with auxiliary handpump in side tank. Gunmetal cylinders, slide valves actuated by Walschaert's valve gear with screw reverser in cab. There is a good whistle mounted under the cab floor - makes a change from the usual horrible sounding things which seem to be the norm on this size of engine!

Paintwork is "working engine" rather than glass case, the Southern transfers have taken a dislike to either the paint or lacquer (or both) - it would probably be kinder to remove them.

Club certificate to October 2007, this would make an ideal beginner's engine, rather easier to carry about than the average 5 inch gauge tank locomotive.

Length 32 inches

gauge 3 1/2 inch