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3 inch part-built Burrell agricultural engine - stock code 1537

A part-built Burrell agricultural traction engine in 3 inch scale to the popular H.R.Plastow design. Since these pictures were taken, the engines has been carefully bead-blasted back to clean metal ready for priming.

Work to date comprises complete front end - smokebox with door and dart assembly, perch bracket, front axle, front wheels and chimney. Finished crankshaft fitted with valve and pump eccentric straps and sheaves. Boiler feed pump with plunger. Cylinder block bored with ends and valve chest faced. Piston and rod. Machined flywheel. Steering gear complete. Hornplates with bearings and crankshaft lubricators. All gears cut and shafts machined, including complete differential assembly, winch and brake drum. Complete gear selector mechanism. Rear axle with one complete wheel, the other in kit form comprising rim, hub and cap casting, laser-cut spokes and building jig.

There is also one flanged tender side in stainless steel and sufficient new sheet to complete the tender (should you be brave enough to attempt to make it in stainless!). The boiler shell and (unfitted) firebox are of indifferent quality and should be regarded as useful to separate the wheels while you make a new boiler. A new professionally-built boiler in copper with test certificate would cost £850.

A full set of drawings are included.

The completed engine will be 44 inches long, 29 inches to the top of the chimney and weigh around 300 pounds. Castings are still available from Stuart Models who took over the Plastow range of traction engine models some years ago.

scale 3 inch