Unusual to see a Bagnall in 3 1/2 inch gauge, this one has been beautifully built and finely detailed. As regular followers of these pages know, we are currently building a batch of three two foot gauge Bagnalls at the moment - with the original works drawings my constant companion these last few months, it's uncanny to see how faithfully this model has followed the original. Just one example - the original Bagnall drawings show an angle iron rivetted to the top of the frame plates, just over the top of the expansion link trunnion block lubricator which would stop its lid hinging open. Just as we found, you need to mill a slot out of the angle (although the tiny little slot the builder of this one had to make in brass was probably a sight quicker to do than the ones we made in quarter inch steel).
Work to date comprises a largely complete chassis, cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Bagnall Price valve gear. Horns are authentic Bagnall pattern, full-width at the front forming a combined hornblock/stretcher assembly (we've got six full-sized ones machined sitting next to the machining centre in the workshop at the moment, they look just the same, if a bit heavier to move about). Silver soldered copper boiler is finely flanged and neatly soldered together, it's marked with test and working pressure stamped on the backhead. Saddle tank is beautifully done in rivetted brass with soft solder calking.
Complete with the chimney pattern and a set of construction articles for the 7 1/4 inch gauge Bagnall.
Length 22 1/2 inches
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