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3 1/2 inch gauge "County of Dorset" 4-4-0 - stock code 8155

A new, unsteamed GWR "County" to Don Young's "County Carlow" design; this one turned out as 3476, "County of Dorset".

Designed by Churchward, using common parts from his 4-6-0 "Saint", the original locomotives were built from 1904, 3476 outshopped from Swindon in 1906.

This is one of a pair of locomotives which have come to us from the son of the builder, a toolmaker during his working life. Machining work is - as expected - crisply executed. Fit and finish of the motionwork is good, the chassis runs well on air.

The commercially built, silver soldered copper boiler is by the estimable R.Chambers of Weymouth. We have its original paperwork from the  manufacturer, the boiler has had a repeat hydraulic test in recent days.

gauge 3 1/2 inch
length/inches 25 + 19
width/inches 7
height/inches 10 1/2
wheel material cast iron
axlebox type plain
valve type slide
valve gear Stephensons
reverser type pole
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 1
boiler number RC967
year built 1991
boiler maker R Chambers
CE mark n/a - pre-2002
working pressure/psi 80
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver-soldered
hydraulic test valid to 4/Sep/2022
superheater(s) 2
superheater type flue tube
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type spring
mechanical pump 1 x crosshead
hand pump 1