Designed by Collet, the little GWR 14xx class were widely spread across the branch line network, often coupled to an "Autocoach" allowing the driver to drive from the front whilst the fireman stayed at the back, thus avoiding running round on rural "there & back" services. One of these outfits used to run up and down the line beside our garden (long before my time) - all we get now is a Thames Turbo. So much for progress.
7 1/4 inch gauge model, professionally assembled from a kit. The silver-soldered copper boiler has a working pressure of 100psi, fed by axle pump, injector and auxiliary hand pump in the side tank. Inside cylinders 1 3/4 x 3 1/4 with Stephenson's valve gear operated by screw reverser in the cab.
Although a large, powerful engine capable of pulling 12 adults, the 0-4-2 wheel arrangement gives a short rigid wheelbase allowing it to negotiate a 15 foot radius curve. The engine has been used at our local club and has recently been brought in as part-exchange on a rather nice 5 inch gauge engine. It needs some minor jobs doing and general tidying up but is is running order with a current club certificate, expiring August 2004. Complete with a sit-on "Toad" driving trolley complete with footboards and auxiliary water tank for feeding the injector.
Length 45 inches
Height 20 inches
Weight 280 pounds
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