The work of a professional engineer who spent his working life on the railways, most of it at Swindon. An experienced modeller, with several other locomotives and boats to his credit, he has been, in retirement, a long time volunteer at one of the preserved standard gauge lines near his home town.
Although still running a miniature railway at weekends with remarkable energy for a man in his eighth decade, ill health has now curtailed his workshop activities. We recently sold his fine part-built GWR Prairie - with great reluctance he has now decided it's time for a new owner to take over and complete the Armstrong.
Work to date is to a good standard and comprises a large quantity of machined parts; a well-advanced tender; locomotive frames erected and a beautifully made silver soldered copper boiler by Swindon Boilers (who else for such a prototype!).
Most parts and castings are there to complete the locomotive, two bogie wheels the only significant parts we can see missing. Castings for the model are available from Reeves.
Complete with drawings.
|gauge||7 1/4 inch|
|length/inches||49 + 36|
|wheel material||cast iron|
|axlebox type||needle roller|
|cylinder material||cast iron|
|boiler maker||Swindon Boilers|
|CE mark||n/a - pre-2002|
|boiler construction||silver soldered|
|superheater type||radiant, stainless steel|