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5 inch gauge LNER B1 4-6-0 - stock code 8729

A 5 inch gauge LNER B1 to Martin Evans' "Springbok" design.

This one has recently come in from a customer of ours along with the magnificent Britannia "Lord Hurcomb" we sold him back in 2008 (still one of the nicest I've driven).

The B1 had a long gestation: started by one man, the chassis was finished by another before the whole project was shipped off to an establishment to fit the boiler, finish off and paint.

The engine was apparently test-steamed when finished some years ago - it's been carefully stored, unused, since. Boiler is a commercially made job, CE-marked with original builder's documentation. We've hydraulic tested it - fine, as expected - and run the chassis on air.

It will undoubtedly require further commissioning work - axle pump unions leak, along with various other fittings.

gauge 5 inch
length/inches 40 + 25
width/inches 10
height/inches 14
valve type piston
valve gear Walschaerts
reverser type screw
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 2
boiler number GB501.8.11.11
year built 2011
boiler maker GB Boiler Services
CE mark yes
working pressure/psi 100
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 11/Aug/23
superheater(s) 4
superheater type flue tube
fusible plug no
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type spring
mechanical pump 1
hand pump 1
whistle yes