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5 inch gauge GWR 43XX Mogul - stock code 8190

A 5 inch gauge GWR 43XX Mogul, built in 2004 and in recent regular club use. Advancing years have led to a downsizing of the owner's collection, with this engine and a fine LB&SCR K Class Mogul arriving with us earlier in the week.

Something of a running restoration project, boiler is sound, the engine runs well in forwards gear, not so convincing in reverse. The valve gear rocker shaft bushes are worn, the tender mounted axle pump provides a fairly desultory feed - a single ram device, there is a hole in the pump stretcher for a second pump which would improve matters. Paintwork is grotty.

A notice in the cab instructing the driver to run in full gear has nothing to do with any shortcomings of the valve events, more to do with the mechanical lubricator which is driven from one valve rod - shortening the cutoff reduces lubrication. No idea why people set up lubricators like this (more prevalent in traction engines than locomotives, it must be said) when it's just as easy to take a drive from the expansion link or eccentric rod.

gauge 5 inch
length/inches 35+27
width/inches 9-Jan
height/inches 16
wheel material cast iron
cylinder material cast iron
valve gear Stephensons
reverser type pole
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 1
boiler number RS108
year built 2004
boiler maker non-commercial
CE mark n/a - non-commercial
working pressure/psi 90
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 8/Oct/2022
steam test valid to 8/Dec/2019
superheater(s) 4
superheater type flue tube
fusible plug no
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type Ramsbottom
mechanical pump tender axle pump
hand pump 1
whistle yes