We had a couple of these big C19s arrive back in 2014 - this one recently came back to us when the owner, an experienced engineer, bought a 7 1/4 inch narrow gauge Garratt. It's in similar condition now to when it was last here, with some interesting mods including a rosebud grate, alleged to reduce coal consumption by around 20% (there's an interesting video he made of the same type of grate fitted to his Garratt here). Original firebars are still with the engine, allowing conversion back if required. Pictures below are from last time the engine was here.
I've always been impressed by the big Baldwin C19 design from Milner Engineering - wherever there's a large gathering of 7 1/4 inch gauge engines, you'll usually find one or two of these performing prodigious feats where the combination of tractive effort and adhesive weight from the sheer size of the things makes for a formidable load-hauler.
Completed in 2012 to run on the Comrie Railroad, this engine has proved a reliable, powerful performer on that most testing of tracks (and if you were not fortunate enough to have visited before it finally closed recently, here's a clip here of one of our Staffords working there a couple of years ago). Steel boiler with expanded tubes, 120psi working pressure, feed by twin injectors. Cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Stephenson's gear with pole reverser in the cab, mechanical lubricator.
A well made, thoroughly sorted locomotive, the work of a highly experienced engineer still full of ideas and building into his eighth decade.
Length 82 inches
Width 21 inches
Height 39 inches
Length 60 inches
Width 18 inches
Height 24 inches
Weight approx 1/2 ton
|gauge||7 1/4 inch|
|CE mark||n/a - pre-2002|
|boiler construction||welded, expanded tubes|
|safety valve type||spring|