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3 1/2 inch gauge Britannia - stock code 5970

I bought this one new from its builder in 2008 - the finest Britannia I've had in this gauge, it went exceptionally well. It's recently come back having been well cared for and lightly used in the intervening five years - its owner now moving to gauge 1. Words and pictures below are from 2008, the engine is in much the same condition now. We've had it running for an hour in the workshop, still goes very well.

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 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.

Length 36 inches
Width 7 inches
Height 11 inches

Length 18 inches
Width 7 inches
Height 11 inches

gauge 3 1/2 inch