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5 inch gauge GWR Metro - stock code 4392

I sold this one in 2011, it's recently come back in part exchange for a new "Stafford". Looks if anything even more polished now than when the pictures below were taken, it still runs particularly well.

A well-made Great Western Metro tank, built to the Martin Evans elegant design and completed in 2001 - the original engines were built at Swindon from 1871.

Silver soldered copper boiler by Swindon Boilers, working pressure 100 psi. Feed by twin injectors and hand pump. Cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Stephenson's gear with screw reverser in the cab, mechanical lubricator.

About the same size as a 14xx tank, a Metro is easy to handle and will fit a small hatchback. This is a particularly nice one, in good mechanical order - the engine appears to have had little use and came in recently with a Manor, both having run on the same railway. In steam for the boiler inspector earlier this week, it steams freely and runs well - I was impressed by how quiet this one was, the lack of mechanical noise only accentuating the crisp exhaust beats.

Length 31 inches

Hydraulic test @150psi, 26-3-2013
Steam test 26-3-2013

gauge 5 inch