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5 inch gauge Rail Motor with bogie tender - stock code 4979

An interesting 5 inch gauge 2-4-0 coupled to a rather attractive Vanderbilt tender, with more than a hint of Don Young's excellent "Railmotor" design about it - I can see where the builder was going with this one, I'd very much like to see it when finished (but preferably in black).

This is an older build, completed in 1987 although never steamed. It's been part-dismantled in the intervening years, possibly to paint - the safety valves, smokebox door, chimney, outer dome and some fittings are missing, although the platework is all there.

Standard of work throughout is good - boiler is silver-soldered copper, we've tested it in the workshop and it's in sound condition. Chassis is nicely made but has stood around for many years - there is light surface corrosion which comes off easily with Scotchbrite. It is stiff to turn over, although without tight spots - it's a strip and clean type of stiff, rather than re-quarter the wheels and make new coupling rods type of thing.

This would make a worthwhile and straightforward project requiring little additional expenditure other than time.

Hydraulic test March 2011 @180psi for 90psi working pressure

gauge 5 inch