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5 inch gauge nineteenth century 2-4-0 - stock code 6587

An interesting old locomotive, hand built by 15 year old twin brothers Walter & Edgar Rhodes and completed in 1881 - their father was Samuel Gibson Rhodes, a dentist who practised at 3 Park Street, Leeds. The castings were probably commercially available items - possibly Stevens Model Dockyard - with the remainder made from stock material. There is a beautifully hand engraved builders plate on the bunker.

An interesting and original survivor from the earliest days of model engineering. It goes without saying that we haven't attempted either to test the boiler nor run this one - at over one hundred and thirty years old, it's looking for a dignified retirement in a place where it can be admired, rather than any kind of active service at the club track.

Length 27 inches
Driving wheels 5 inch diameter

gauge 5 inch