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5 inch gauge "Britannia" - stock code 8342

An older 5 inch gauge "Britannia", finely made and sold back in the 1980s through "Steam Age" of Cadogan Street, London, a legendary establishment in Knightsbridge selling high quality ship and steam models.

It came to us having been in a glass case, for what looked like a long time if the dust and cobwebs in the firebox were anything to go by.

After hydraulic testing the boiler at twice working pressure (which showed up a dozen weeping stays in the firebox although no structural defects), the engine was steamed for the first time in years one day last week - there's some video of it running on the rolling road here.

It runs very nicely, notches up nearly to mid-gear in both directions and makes steam whilst running. Firebox stays were dry under steam.

length/inches 50 + 26
width/inches 9
height/inches 14 1/2
wheel material cast iron
cylinder material cast iron
valve type piston
valve gear Walschaerts
reverser type screw
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 2
year built circa 1980
CE mark n/a, pre-2002
working pressure/psi 90
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
superheater(s) 4
superheater type flue tube
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type spring
mechanical pump 1
hand pump 1
whistle yes