Normally a robust, cobby-looking design, this Bassett Lowke 0-6-0T sports a cab straight from sheds-R-us and top feed plumbing that looks more like a carrying handle. When it first arrived first arrived, having seen neither coal nor oil in many years, a thick coating of dust and the eyesore of a cab concealed what was, beneath, a well-made chassis - nicely fitted motion work, crisply done machining and some nice detail touches like the gland-locking plates.
Having cleaned the thing down a bit, blown off the dust and given it a good oil round, it came to life again running on air, slowly at first until the oil got to all its important little places, whereupon it settled into a quiet, fast tickover. I was quite impressed, it only made the urge to sort out the platework stronger.
If you want to see what the cab should look like, there's some pictures of another restoration project I sold early last year in the archive.
Length 28 inches
|3 1/2 inch