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3 1/2 inch gauge "Miss Ten to Eight" - stock code 4937

I've had this some months now, every time it comes close to making it on the website I have fond ideas of finding a couple of days to tidy it up fit to sit on a shelf at home. It's a lovely old engine, built to LBSC's rarely-seen "Miss Ten to Eight" design, based on the North Eastern R1. It came from a local lady, now retired, she remembers being given rides around the garden on it by her father in the 1960s - he sounds an interesting gentleman, in addition to his garden railway, he was an enthusiastic restorer and tuner of Austin Sevens.

Silver soldered copper boiler, 80psi working pressure, feed by injector, axle and hand pumps. The boiler has a pair of superheater flues although no elements - a pair of copper flue-tube superheaters could be knocked up from a couple of feet of pipe and installed over a weekend if desired. Gunmetal cylinders with slide valves actuated by Joy valve gear, pole reverser in cab. Mechanical lubricator.

The engine has probably not been steamed in forty years - it came in somewhat dusty, having been on display in the owner's house since she inherited it. It is in good mechanical condition, well-made originally and still runs very smoothly on air, the boiler has had a hydraulic test at twice working pressure and is in sound condition. It requires minor work to steam including replacement of the smokebox door locking bar and attention to a leaky clack valve. Paintwork shows its age although, apart from repainting the cab roof, it could be run as-is without major embarrassment.

Hydraulic test 29-Mar-2011 @160psi, 80psi working pressure

Locomotive 25 inches
Tender 18 inches

gauge 3 1/2 inch