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7 1/4 inch gauge battery-electric 0-6-0 shunter - stock code 8417

A large, robustly built 7 1/4 inch gauge 0-6-0 battery shunter, with steel chassis and bodywork.

Wheels are powered by a pair of 24 volt Fasco motors, chain-driven to the leading and centre axles. There's a controller of unknown parentage lurking within a cast aluminium box, with standard hand held remote with forward/reverse switch and speed control knob. There is a loud air horn mounted under the bonnet and a powerful headlight up front.

Dashboard houses a meter showing battery voltage and current draw. There are a pair of batteries - one at the back, the other at the front.

The locomotive runs forwards and backwards, horn and light work - indeed, the builder has been using it until recently.


The wiring is a complete rat's nest - badly laid out, badly routed, badly terminated everywhere and way too thin for the main battery cables. So horrible, in fact, that I daren't even let Colin, our electro-tech supremo see it for fear he'd have a funny turn.

Not a difficult or expensive job to do, just a matter of pulling off each piece of wire in turn and replacing it with something new, thick and with a proper terminal crimped on to it.

Worth doing - it's got the potential to be quite a useful hauler.

gauge 7 1/4 inch
length/inches 47
width/inches 16
height/inches 23
wheel material cast iron
axlebox type plain