I bought this one a couple of years ago and used it at the time - a nicely made engine, ran well. Last year time came for its boiler test, we did the hydraulic with no problem, only to find a leak on the backhead when in steam. Still fizzes in steam and really needs a good clean and some Comsol - it wouldn't be a particularly involved job but does need the boiler dropping off the frames.
A 5 inch gauge "Gert", designed for A.J.Reeves in the 1950s it was a well-proportioned, powerful 0-6-0 ideally suited to club running - along with several other designs, within ten years it fell victim to the "Simplex effect" when Martin Evans' new design, like LBSC's "Tich" twenty years before, gained massive popularity through a well-written, accessible set of construction articles in "Model Engineer" which pushed each design as the ideal choice for beginners.
In recent years, this one has enjoyed something of a comeback - a good thing, in my book, they go well - and a new generation of engines, such as this one, are begin built.
Silver soldered copper boiler with superheaters, working pressure 80psi, feed by axle pump with hand pump in the side tank. Gunmetal cylinders with slide valves actuated by Stephenson's gear, pole reverser in cab, manually operated drain cocks, mechanical lubricator.
Dale had this one in steam earlier in the week, it runs well.
Length 28 inches
Weight 100 pounds