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5 inch gauge Southern L1 4-4-0 - stock code 8459

A finely built Southern Railway L1 4-4-0, based on LBSC's well-proven "Maid of Kent" design, with much added detail.

Built in 1998 and unsteamed from new, the boiler is in as-new condition throughout. Boiler has had a twice working pressure hydraulic test with certificate issued for same. The engine runs absolutely beautifully on air, with crisp, square exhaust beats; nearly inaudible running notched up close to mid-gear - there's some video of it running here.

Pictures tell the story on this one. Standard of workmanship is excellent throughout - machining is very crisp, fit and finish of the valve gear and motion work of a high order; platework is neatly formed and rivetted, the boiler is the equal of any commercially built one.

One of the best examples of this design we've seen.

gauge 5 inch
length/inches 36+23
width/inches 9.5
height/inches 13
wheel material cast iron
axlebox type split bronze
valve type slide
valve gear Joy
reverser type pole
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 2
year built 1998
boiler maker non-commercial
CE mark n/a - non-commercial
working pressure/psi 90
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 31-Mar-2023
superheater(s) 4
superheater type flue tube
fusible plug yes
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type spring
hand pump 1
whistle yes