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3 1/2 inch gauge "Britannia" - stock code 3464

An excellent "Britannia" Pacific to LBSC's design, from the workshop of the same gentleman responsible for the Class 37 diesel and GWR Hall I have sold recently. Completed in 2005 it has been steamed twice, once to set the valves and again for the boiler test.

Silver soldered copper boiler with superheaters, working pressure 80psi, feed by twin injectors with auxiliary hand pump in the tender. Gunmetal cylinders with piston valves actuated by Walschaert's gear with screw reverser in cab.

I was impressed with the way this engine goes. It runs very quietly, exhaust beats are dead square both forwards and reverse. Everything about it indicates an experienced and skillful builder - everything works as it should, there are lots of nice detail touches which make for an easy to drive engine, from the clear, chevron-backed water gauge to the insulated regulator handle - it's even got a fairly decent-sounding whistle.

The engine comes complete with a pair of fitted cases, the set of drawings it was built from and a steam-raising blower.

gauge 3 1/2 inch