A GWR 15xx 0-6-0PT built to David Adams' highly-detailed "Paddington" design, based on Swindon works drawings. The best example I've seen by some margin, the engine has had little use; in excellent condition throughout, immaculately made and finely detailed, it runs exceptionally well.
Silver-soldered copper boiler with superheater, 100psi working pressure, feed by twin axle pumps and injector. Cast iron cylinders with piston valves actuated by Walschaert's valve gear, both mechanical and prototypically correct dual sight feed lubricators, complete with with regulator-controlled atomiser valve, are fitted. Steam and screw-down brake, acting on all wheels.
I could enthuse about this one for England - I like the the split-pinned, castellated nuts fitted throughout the valve gear, the crispness of the boiler cladding around the Belpaire box - a notoriously tricky area which lets many a Great Western model down - the regimented neatness of rivetting, the superb fit of the elegantly thinned chimney base to the smokebox... And I haven't even started on the finely wrought safety valve bonnet with perfectly rolled bottom edge and beautifully fluted connecting rods, almost architectural in their proportions.
Another one of those engines where a couple of dozen pictures will speak more eloquently than any amount of my prose, so I'll stop here - if you want to know anything else about it, give me a call.
Length 50 inches
Weight 435 pounds
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