A well-advanced GWR 43xx Mogul, built to Keith Wilson’s
Work to date is to a high standard, it appears that the
builder had access to some good equipment – probably at work as parts such as
the reverser stand and expansion links looks as if they’ve been wire eroded
from something quite hard, the front frame stretcher above the bogie looks to be
machined from the solid on a CNC mill. Machining and platework is very crisp
throughout, the silver soldered copper Swindon No.1 boiler has been neatly made
with well flanged plates and good solder penetration.
The piston valve cylinders are in cast iron, complete with
drain cocks cable operated from the cab, end covers are fitted with dummy spring
relief valves. A mechanical lubricator is mounted beneath the smokebox door, the
cover plate is removed rather ingeniously by unscrewing the lamp.
A pair of injectors are fitted beneath the cab with inline
clacks to the boiler, steam feed valves are plumbed up to the backhead.
There is a small box of parts and castings to go with,
including profiled frame steel, cast iron buffer casting and gunmetal axlebox
castings for the tender, a pair of machined headers with lubricator unions for
the cylinder steam feeds and a roll of brass boiler banding material, along with
a well-thumbed set of drawings.
This would be a straightforward project to complete, with
little further expenditure required other than a handful of boiler fittings and
some sheet brass for the tender. The locomotive itself could be ready to steam
simply by fitting the steam headers, connecting the lubricator and fitting a
regulator gland, water and pressure gauges. From the work done to date, it has
the potential to make a particularly fine example of a rarely-modelled