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3 1/2 inch gauge Paris-Orlean 4-8-0 - stock code 3967

An usual model from a prolific engineer who specialised in the "never done before" type of projects. Spending his working life involved with steam turbines, his spare time was dedicated to researching, drawing up and building engines such as this 4-8-0 and the three-cylinder LNER A8 we took to the Midlands Show recently.

This is his take on Chapelon's rebuild of the Paris-Orlean 4500 class Pacific into a 4-8-0 in the 1930s, a highly successful conversion which led to another eleven engines of the class being reworked.

Silver-soldered superheated copper boiler, 80psi working pressure, feed by twin axle pumps, twin injectors and hand pump in the tender. Four cylinders with slide valves, the inner valves actuated by Walschaert's gear, the outer by Baker gear with a geared screw reverser in the cab.

Built in 1988, the engine has been run regularly until five years ago. The boiler is in good shape and the engine runs well. It is ready to be used "as-is", although some refurbishment would restore its somewhat faded glory.

Locomotive 35 inches
Tender 21 inches

gauge 3 1/2 inch