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5 inch gauge "Polly III" - stock code 5945

A Polly III, assembled from a kit and run for a total of less than ten hours from new - mechanically it's in excellent condition, the boiler still showing silver solder through light sooting in the firebox. Can't understand why you'd pay nearly £6000 for the kits then spend about £3 on the paintjob - it is truly horrible, with what looks like two thin coats of aerosol paint squirted on and little attempt at masking up when spraying the black, resulting in overspray everywhere. The chimney (always a bit dodgy on Pollys, everybody wants to polish up the gunmetal base rather than paint it black) is flamboyant on this one, with brass top and bottom, gloss green in the middle.

Silver soldered copper boiler, 90psi working pressure, feed by axle pump and injector with auxiliary hand pump in the side tank. Cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Stephenson's gear with a pole reverser in the cab. Mechanical lubricator.

Motionwork and valve gear all all in excellent order.

An engine highly deserving of a repaint - it could be part stripped and repainted in a few days, resulting in the nearest thing to a new Polly III you'll get this side of buying one from Polly.

Length 33 inches
Weight 110 pounds

gauge 5 inch
weight/kg 50