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5 inch gauge Shay 0-4-0 + 0-4-0 - stock code 9783

An exceptionally finely made 5 inch gauge Shay, winner of a Silver medal and the Crebbin Cup at the London Model Engineer Exhibition.

The work of a talented engineer who built models over a forty year period, including locomotives from gauge 1 to 5 inch gauge as well as boats, cars, hot air engines and road steam vehicles.

He won his first medal at the Model Engineer Exhibition in the 1950s for a model of The Great Exhibition constructed from cereal packets - his last was for the Shay forty years later.

Scaled up from the highly-regarded 3 1/2 inch gauge design by Kozo Hiraoka, the engine was built over a four year period, completed in 1989.

The locomotive has spent much of its life in a glass case and condition reflects that - it remains in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. It's always very satisfying when a finely made engine goes as well as it looks; this one runs like a sewing machine, there's some video of it running on the rolling road here.

gauge 5 inch
length/inches 40
width/inches 9
height/inches 15
wheel material cast iron
axlebox type plain bearing
cylinder material gunmetal
valve type slide
valve gear Stephensons
reverser type pole
lubricator type mechanical
boiler number NLL 171
year built 1988
boiler maker non-commercial
working pressure/psi 90
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 26/Jul/25
steam test valid to 5/Oct/22
fusible plug no
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type spring
mechanical pump 1
hand pump 1
steam pump 1
whistle yes