A well-built tank engine to Ken Swan's thoroughly practical "Bridget" design, the work of an experienced engineer, responsible for two good three inch scale traction engines and a 3 1/2 inch gauge Hunslet to Martin Evans' "Conway" design.
This engine was completed in 1998 and, according to the builder's detailed records, has run a grand total of eight miles in the intervening nine years - certainly the condition of the boiler and motion work would bear this out, it's in pretty much "ex-works" condition. It runs particularly well and is near-silent in motion.
Silver soldered copper boiler with superheaters, working pressure 110psi, feed by injector and axel pump with auxiliary hand pump. Cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Walschaert's gear with pole reverser in the cab. Mechanical lubricator. Screw-down brake.
Fit and finish is good throughout, the backhead is neatly set out - there is a spare gauge in the cab intended to monitor steam chest pressure but was never connected.
Length 37 inches
|7 1/4 inch