I've had this one before - last time it
ran as 70018 "Flying Dutchman". It's recently come back, now as 70013
"Oliver Cromwell", having had a good deal of polishing but very little
running in the last two years. Words below are from last time it was here,
pictures were taken this week.
Completed in 2004, this Britannia was built from a kit by an experienced model engineer who, having sorted out the problems associated with the design, was that inspired that he subsequently part-exchanged it in for a 7 1/4 inch gauge version of the same engine.
Silver-soldered copper boiler with superheaters, working pressure 90psi, feed by twin injectors and axle pump with auxiliary hand pump in the tender. Cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Waschaert's valve gear, screw reverser in cab. Twin mechanical lubricators. The original cab fittings have been replaced with good quality proprietary items, twin three-cock water gauges are fitted.
The engine steams freely. Injectors and pumps work well, the engine pulls strongly in forward gear, less convincing going backwards.
Overall length 75 inches
Length 50 inches
Width 10 inches
Height 15 inches
Length 27 inches
Width 9 inches