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5 inch gauge "Edward Thomas" with driving truck - stock code 2521

A 5 inch gauge model of the ex-Corris Kerr Stuart 0-4-2T, now resident at the Talyllyn Railway as "Edward Thomas" (or, for those of us who grew up on Thomas the Tank Engine, "Peter Sam").

Built to the Reeves drawings and using their castings, the engine has been well thought out to make it easy to drive. There is a comfortable ground level driving truck which doubles as a water tender for the injector (with a two gallon tank), the double-acting axle pump picks up from the saddle tank. The prototype engine ran on 2' 3" gauge track, making a large model in 5 inch gauge, none of the controls could be described as fiddly.

Silver soldered copper boiler, 80psi working pressure, twin Salter type safety valves. Feed by axle pump and injector. There is an isolating valve for the entire fountain which makes maintenance and boiler testing easy. Gunmetal cylinders with slide valves actuated by Hackworth's valve gear, steam brake acting on all driving wheels.

The cab roof and back panels are easily removeable for driving.

The paintwork is chipped in places, there are one or two minor scrapes and dings in the saddle tank. The engine goes exceptionally well, is easy to fire and makes steam like it's going out of fashion. The motionwork is in good condition with little wear, there is a most efficient mechanical lubricator with adjustable output mounted on the left hand running board.

There is a comprehensive, bound manual with the engine, supplied by the builder containing history of the original engine and a very detailed set of driving and maintenance instructions for the model.

Locomotive 30 inches
Tender 34 inches

Driving wheels 4 1/4 inch diameter
Working pressure 80psi

gauge 5 inch