A beautifully made version of LBSC's "Maid of Kent" design based on the Southern L1. The first tender engine I ever owned was a MoK, having fallen for one I saw running at the Romney Marsh SME track at Rolfe Lane. The large wheels give a super, sedate exhaust beat with gave an impression of effortlessness as the engine ran around all afternoon. Having bought one of my own some months later, I was much impressed by the manner in which it went - it has remained one of my favourite LBSC designs since.
This engine is the work of a professional machinist and experienced steam man with several locomotives to his credit. The worksmanship is excellent throughout, combined with attention to all the details which make an engine easy to look after and live with - from the stainless steel grate and ashpan, neatly-routed and easily accessible blowdown valve and running-board mounted steam pump through to the fitted wooden travel crates.
Silver-soldered superheated copper boiler by Chambers, 90 psi working pressure, feed by injector and steam pump. Inside cylinders with slide valves actuated by Joy valve gear, mechanical lubricator mounted on right hand running board.
The engine has a large amount of paperwork with it, including the original boilermaker's twice pressure hydraulic certificate, Southern Federation Club hydraulic certificate, complete set of LBSC's original construction articles from "Model Engineer" and photographs of the engine in build. It runs beautifully on air but, thus far, has never been steamed and is in ex-works condition throughout.
Locomotive 37 inches
Tender 23 inches