A GWR 15xx 0-6-0PT built to David Adams' highly-detailed
"Paddington" design, based on Swindon works drawings. The work of a highly prolific retired engineer, the locomotive was completed in the 1990s - steamed a handful of times to show off his work on a fifteen foot long piece of track outside the workshop, it's mechanically in ex-works condition. In steam this morning outside our work (there's a clip here
), it runs virtually to mid-gear in both directions and square, near silent exhaust beats.
As with many men, the builder only got started later in life once free of children and the mortgage. In addition to this 15XX, models completed in the ensuing years included:
3 1/2 inch gauge GNR Atlantic
3 1/2 inch gauge LNER A2/2 Pacific
3 1/2 inch gauge "Rob Roy"
3 1/2 inch gauge "Juliet II"
Stuart Turner "Major" beam engine
Westbury double Tangye mill engine
Westbury diagonal paddle engine
Stuart Turner No.4 vertical engine
Stuart S50 mill engine
Bolton triple expansion engine
Marine type boiler
Small steam plant
Pictures of the complete engine opposite were taken here in recent days. The last few pictures come from an album included with the engine, showing its build and first steaming.
Complete with a set of drawings and original boiler paperwork from John Ellis.
|7 1/4 inch
|displacement, 2 x sight feeders
|n/a - pre-2002
|hydraulic test valid to
|steam test valid to
|safety valve type