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5 inch gauge Pennsylvania Atlantic - stock code 9652

A 5 inch gauge American Atlantic, recently unearthed from many years storage at the back of a large steam workshop where the late owner also kept his full-sized locomotive.

An older engine, with substantial bearing surfaces and robustly proportioned valve gear and motionwork. Everything about its construction reflects a skilled hand at work; the finely cast wheels are crisply machined, fit and finish of valve gear and motion work is particularly good with components conscientiously stamped up "L" and "R" throughout.

There is some surface rust, although in the main the brightwork is in good condition. The engine is currently seized - pistons and piston valves will need removing to clean the bores and check rings before attempting to move the wheels - and the soldered regulator boss to backhead joint leaks under hydraulic test, the boiler otherwise looks structurally sound.

The bogie tender is complete, fitted with a hand pump and rolls freely.

We're very taken with this one - not a type often modelled in this country, American locomotives of this era featured, to our eyes, most attractive proportions.

gauge 5 inch
length/inches 41 + 26
width/inches 10
height/inches 16
wheel material cast iron
axlebox type plain bearing
cylinder material cast iron
valve type piston
valve gear Walschaerts
reverser type pole
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 1
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
safety valve(s) 2
mechanical pump 1
hand pump 1
steam pump 1
whistle yes