A finely made London North Western "Watford" tank, built by an experienced engineer with several other LNWR engines to his credit - current project is a George the Fifth.
Rarely modelled in this gauge, the locomotive was built from his own research and drawings. It's a well detailed model which has been in regular use until recently - the builder, now well into retirement, is concentrating on gauge 1 in the garden.
Commercially built silver soldered copper boiler by Cheddar Models, 80psi working pressure, feed by injector and a very efficient double-acting hand pump in the bunker. Cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Joy gear, screw reverser in the cab. Sight feed lubricator.
I like this engine - it's a good looking engine, well put together, nicely detailed and has all sorts of thoughtful ideas making it easy to live with, from the remote axlebox lubricators on the front of the tanks to a hole to store the pump handle in when not in use. It runs beautifully, there's a clip of it on the rolling road here.
Complete with a well made fitted transit box with accessory tray in the top for its firing irons.
Length 24 inches
Boiler serial number 1576.04, built 2005
Hydraulic test @120psi for 80psi working pressure, expires 25-Mar-2015
Steam test @80psi, expires 24-Nov-2014
Written scheme prepared 24-Sep-2013
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