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5 inch gauge LMS Duchess - stock code 9497

A 5 inch gauge LMS Duchess, with its beginnings as a kit but re-worked at considerable expense to produce a well finished chassis which belies its origins; it runs on air in both directions, mechanically quiet and with well defined exhaust beats.

Rather ambitiously the original owner commissioned three Duchesses, despatching them all to the same atelier for assembly - the idea was to have two "naked" variants and a streamlined engine.

Suffice to say that years passed and, whilst this one emerged in its current form, the other two now exist only as a large, incomplete collection of parts in boxes (which we'll get sorted out and photographed in due course).

Complete with a tender chassis, showing light surface rust from storage, along with much its bodywork.

gauge 5 inch
length/inches 50 1/2 + 26
width/inches 9 1/2
height/inches 9 1/2
wheel material cast iron
axlebox type plain bearing
cylinder material 4 x cast iron
valve type piston
valve gear Walschaerts
mechanical pump 2 x axle