A 7 1/4 inch gauge Great Western 15xx 0-6-0T to David Adams' highly detailed "Paddington" design, produced from works drawings. The engine is the work of a professional engineer, work to date is to an excellent standard throughout and comprises an air-running chassis, complete with smokebox and all plumbing and a new silver-soldered copper boiler by Western Steam.
Detail work is super, I particularly liked the smokebox door locking bar, machined from the solid and secured with turned pins at either end. Motionwork is fitted with castellated nuts and pins, the radius rod small ends are piped up for lubrication from an oiler carried on the expansion link as per the prototype. Cylinders are fitted with spring-loaded relief valves in the end covers.
There is a box of machined parts including the steam brake cylinder which is complete and requires fitting, buffers and a set of stainless steel superheaters with header. There are several unmachined castings including petticoat pipe, safety valve bonnet and grate.
Work left to do is mainly platework and plumbing. I had an almost complete one of these back in 2005, pictures in the archive. There is a set of drawings included, castings are available from Reeves.
Length 50 inches
Finished weight approx 400 pounds
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