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5 inch gauge GWR 51XX Prairie - stock code 9901

A 5 inch gauge GWR 51XX Large Prairie, the work of an experienced model engineer who built several other locomotives, including a 3 1/2 inch gauge "Hielan Lassie" and fine 7 1/4 inch gauge "Bridget" which we'll be listing shortly.

He started at a young age, his father the man responsible for a vintage "Fayette" we recently sold as well as a 3 1/2 inch gauge LMS "Princess" currently in our workshop.

A highly detailed model, work to date is to a high standard and comprises a largely complete chassis, close to air running, complete with smokebox assembly. Stored for many years in a shed, it's currently seized - it needs careful dismantling, cleaning and reassembly.

Complete with a box of parts including vacuum brake cylinder, springs and number plates along with copies of works drawings, photographs and builder's notes. There are also a pair of works general arrangement drawings, pasted to boards which we had to dismantle the shed to remove!

The builder's son believes the model pre-dates Trevor Shortland's well known design, his father carrying out much research and photographing preserved examples of the class to build the model.

length/inches 40
width/inches 10
height/inches 8
weight/kg 33 (chassis currently)
wheel material cast iron
axlebox type plain bearing
cylinder material gunmetal
valve type piston
valve gear Stephensons