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3 inch scale Suffolk dredging tractor - stock code 8478

We sold this one at the beginning of last year, it's recently come back to us looking, if anything, even more polished and now sporting a finely made and upholstered seat. Pictures opposite are mainly from last year, save those taken on a pallet this morning showing the seat.

I think this must be the nicest Suffolk dredging tractor we've ever had, a combination of a good quality build, an interesting variation on a thoroughly practical design and a really well-sorted engine make it a delight to drive.

Originally serialised in "Model Engineer" magazine in the early 1980s by John Haining - well known by that time for his ploughing engine and tackle designs, along with the Durham & North Yorkshire agricultural engine - the Suffolk dredging tractor made up to a good-sized engine in 3 inch scale. Went surprisingly well too, with a twin cylinder double high engine giving instant starting with no dead centres to worry about, coupled to a free-steaming coal-fired cross-tube boiler.

I particularly like this one which has forsaken the "Robot Wars" type back end with ground anchor and heavy duty winch for a short bed wth wood decking, the whole thing running on rubber tyred steel wheels. With well-placed footrests slung forwards and low down, it makes for a comfortable driving position.

We all had a go on this one last week, finding out, to general amusement, that you could make a circuit across the yard, in through the boiler shop, across unit 17, through into the main workshop and then back out. I'm told Connor posted fastest lap of the day - there's some video of his practice lap here.

scale 3 inch
length/inches 42
width/inches 25
height/inches 30
weight/kg est 150
cylinder material cast iron
valve type slide
valve gear Stephensons
injector(s) 1
boiler number 265JWR
year built 1999
boiler maker non-commercial
CE mark n/a - pre-2002
working pressure/psi 80
boiler type water cross tube yorkshire
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 18-Mar-2023
steam test valid to 18-May-2020
fusible plug no
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type spring
mechanical pump 1
hand pump 1
whistle yes