I don't really know what this is – we've always known it as “Alan's Lord
Nelson” which it patently isn't, being at least two cylinders short of a
picnic for that. It's got a Greenly-esque look about it (rather like the
“King Arthur” I sold a week or two back) with substantially proportioned
valve gear and a slightly overscale appearance.
Friend Alan (he who features on many of my videos, honorary development driver
for “Stafford” and the maniac who went flat-out down the back straight on
the Britannia “Lord Hurcomb”, amongst other things) acquired this engine
sans tender some years ago and overhauled it to a running state. Being the man
he is, he didn't worry too much about minor details like platework or a cab, a
spare tender chassis was pressed into service with a basic water tank fitted,
incorporating a serious-sized hand pump and he was in business.
It was driven with elan at our club (indeed I drove it there a couple of
summers ago) – the club boiler put down, rather enigmatically in the
“notes” section of the boiler ticket, “over engineered”. It finally
came here with a van load of other engines from the great man when he came
over all 7 1/4-ish and decided to buy a Sweet William to run at the club
(which has been that much of a success he's now in the process of building
The engine is in running order, depending on how easily you get embarrassed it
could be run as is or, alternatively, finished off with some platework and a
decent paint job. It came here with a van load of other engines from the great
man when he came over all 7 1/4-ish and decided to buy a Sweet William.
Locomotive 43 inches
Tender 28 inches