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3 1/2 inch gauge "Juliet" - stock code 2516

Pictures from June of last year when it last sold. The owner having now learned the basics of handling an engine has part-exchanged it against a larger engine.

An ancient tank engine, built to LBSC's ever-popular "Juliet" design not long after the master had described it in "Model Engineer". Well put together, it has obviously seen plenty of use over the last fifty years yet still has a boiler in rude good health and runs beautifully.

Silver-soldered superheated boiler fed by axle pump with auxiliary hand pump in side tank. 80 psi working pressure. There is a home-made injector which I make no claims for whatsoever - it is plumbed for steam and water, the kindest thing may be to fit a little modern version if required (although Sam learned to drive on his pump-only Juliet without any problems at all). Slide valve with inside Stephenson's valve gear, pole reverser in cab.

Simple model engineering from what was, to my mind, the golden age before we got all strung up over rivet-counting, lost wax castings and dummy injector bodies. It's got a new boiler certificate and is ready to introduce another generation to the noble craft of engine driving!

Length 22 inches
Weight approx 38 pounds

gauge 3 1/2 inch