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5 inch gauge LNER B1 4-6-0 - stock code 8377

An exceptionally well-built 5 inch gauge LNER B1 to Martin Evans' "Springbok" design, it's come to us from the late builder's daughter, who has had the engine on display in her house for many years.

An experienced engineer, the builder was an SMEE member from a three generation engineering family with interests ranging from steam engines and clocks to veteran cars.

After a couple of days recommissioning in the workshop here, followed by boiler test, the engine was steamed again last week. It runs beautifully, with crisp even exhaust beats, notching up in either direction.

In excellent mechanical and cosmetic order throughout, it shows little sign of wear - we suspect due in no small part to the builder's railway, which extended to eight panels of portable raised level track, erected whenever he wanted to steam the engine. The total run can't have extended to more than fifty feet!

gauge 5 inch
length/inches 41 + 25
width/inches 11
height/inches 17
wheel material cast iron
axlebox type plain bearing
cylinder material cast iron
valve type piston
valve gear Walschaerts
reverser type screw
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 2
boiler number 8377
year built 1995
CE mark n/a - non-commercial
working pressure/psi 80
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 24-Jan-2023
steam test valid to 19-Apr-2020
superheater(s) 2
superheater type flue tube
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type spring
hand pump 1