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4 1/2 inch scale Burrell 6nhp agricultural engine with driving trolley - stock code 8973

We sold this one back in 2016, it's recently arrived back with us from overseas in part exchange for a large narrow gauge locomotive. Since last here it's been stripped and repainted in two pack paint, with trailer to match.

The previous owner reports the engine has only been steamed around a dozen times in his ownership, much of his time is taken up with running locomotives rather than traction engines (he has an enviable collection, including a fine Baldwin C19 we supplied last time he was over).

Picture opposite were taken this morning, words below are from last time the engine was here.

A well built 4 1/2 inch scale Burrell 6nhp agricultural engine, built to the Plastow design it's come to us direct from the builder. Built over a period of five years, it was completed in 2011 and has been rallied since.

CE marked welded steel boiler with expanded tubes by Bell Boilers of Gloucester, 120psi working pressure. Feed by mechanical pump and injector (missing from the photographs, it was having a bath in the ultrasonic cleaner at the time) with auxiliary hand pump mounted in the tender, its extension handle operating through the footplate.

Cast iron cylinder with slide valve actuated by Stephenson's gear, pole reverser. Pickering type governor, bell type whistle and mechanical lubricator mounted on the block.

Two speed, three shaft transmission with differential, winch behind nearside rear wheel with fairleads on tender. The wheels have bonded rubber tyres to the front and rubber blocks sets between the strakes at the back - it's a system we've seen before and like, it gives much of the authentic look of strakes with reduction in noise and improved comfort for road use.

There is a large driver/passenger trolley with footboards, complete with flashing hazard beacon at the rear. There is capacious storage under the hinged seat, with a plastic water tank mounted at the front. The engine is road registered with V5 document, in good order throughout - it runs well, there's some video of Connor running around on it here.

scale 4 inch
length/inches 72 + 65
width/inches 31 + 27
height/inches 46 + 48
weight/kg est 500
wheel material cast iron
cylinder material cast iron
valve type slide
valve gear Stephensons
reverser type pole
governor type Pickering
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 1
boiler number BB383
year built 2011
boiler maker Bell Boilers
CE mark yes
working pressure/psi 120
boiler type locomotive
boiler material steel
boiler construction welded, expanded tubes
hydraulic test valid to 26/Jan/2022
fusible plug yes
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type Ramsbottom
mechanical pump 1
hand pump 1
steam pump 1
whistle steam siren
road speed(s) 2
differential yes