A particularly well-made 3 inch gauge Black 5, built to
LBSCs Doris design and steamed once from new.
The engine was completed ten years ago, it had its initial
twice pressure hydraulic test then and was run on air to check the valves, but
never steamed at that time. A shame really, as it ticks over beautifully and
runs smoothly at speed. Whilst faithful in the main to LBSCs words and music,
the builder has finished the engine off finely, with castellated nuts and split
pins throughout the motionwork.
Copper superheated boiler, 80psi working pressure, feed by
axle pump with auxiliary hand pump in the tender. Twin safety valves. Gunmetal
cylinders with piston valves actuated by Walschaerts gear with screw reverser
in cab. Mechanical lubricator. Screw-down brake on tender, steam brakes on
We had the engine in steam for the boiler inspector last month following a hydraulic test, theres a clip of it running here.
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