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3 1/2 inch gauge GWR County 4-4-0 - stock code 8805

A 3 1/2 inch gauge GWR 38XX "County of Hereford", the 4-4-0 version of Churchward's four cylinder 4-6-0 "Saint".

Produced as a class of ten in 1904, it's a most atttractive design - to my eyes the very essence of the "Light Gentleman's Sporting Locomotive".

A nicely made model, it had a new Western Steam boiler fitted some years ago - it's been hydraulic tested, with new certification issued and is warrantied as sound.

Chassis runs in forwards gear, not in reverse.

The locomotive is fitted with a steam brake, cylinders have piston valves actuated by well-executed Stephenson's gear, eccentric straps are all number punched in pairs for correct assembly.

A worthwhile winter project, alternatively it's the ideal size for a sideboard (and the one beside me as I write this looks like a piece of furniture made for the job...)

gauge 3 1/2 inch
length/inches 26+19
width/inches 7
height/inches 11
axlebox type split bronze
cylinder material gunmetal
valve type piston
valve gear Stephensons
reverser type screw
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 1
boiler number WSME.2990.705.HV
year built 2004
boiler maker Western Steam
CE mark yes
working pressure/psi 80
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 3/Dec/23
superheater(s) 4
superheater type flue tube
fusible plug no
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type spring
mechanical pump 1 x crosshead
hand pump 1
whistle yes