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3 1/2 inch gauge "Hielan Lassie" - stock code 8141

A beautifully made 3 1/2 inch gauge three cylinder LNER Pacific to LBSC's "Hielan Lassie" design, started during the builder's national service and finished, forty years later, in 1986.

The frames were cut in the REME workshops at Abbasia, near Cairo in 1946. The one-piece crankshaft was turned from a solid billet later that year - on an American Reid-Prentice lathe - at Tel-El_Kabir, at that time the largest army workshop in the world, reputedly servicing everything from a watch to a tank!

On demob the engine return to Devon, where it was worked on in between other jobs in the builder's busy workshop. Wheels, chimney and dome castings were all bought from A.J.Reeves - the rest of the locomotive is the work of the builder.

The engine has been maintained in superb condition, with occasional outings pulling friends and their children at a track in Barnstaple. Now, at 93, the builder has decided it is time for a younger man to take over "113".

Complete with the builder's notebooks, fitted boxes for the locomotive and tender, rolling road, tools, spares and firing irons.

Mightily impressed with this one - both the story and the engine. It steams freely and runs like a watch, a credit to its builder and the forty years he put into creating it.
gauge 3 1/2 inch
length/inches 36+21
width/inches 7.5
height/inches 10
weight/kg 46
wheel material cast iron
axlebox type plain bearing
cylinder material gunmetal
valve type piston
valve gear Walschaerts
reverser type screw
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 1
year built 1946-1986
boiler maker L Whillock
CE mark n/a - non-commercial
working pressure/psi 80
boiler type locomotive with combustion chamber
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 5-Sep-2022
steam test valid to 7-Dec-2019
superheater(s) 4
superheater type flue tube
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type spring
mechanical pump 1
hand pump 1