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7 1/4 inch gauge LMS Duchess "Queen Mary" - stock code 8028

A magnificent thing in 7 1/4 inch gauge, an LMS Duchess "Queen Mary", built in Germany to the Jim Vass design and using parts, castings, boiler and CNC-machined motionwork supplied by him.

Unused since the builder's demise, the engine came to us earlier this year. In good overall condition, we undertook work including removal and resealing of the main steam pipe, provision of springs to get a reliable drain cock action and the manufacture and fitting of a PTFE faced regulator to give a lighter action than afforded by the bronze original.

The tender had the usual odd dribble around the sole plate, it's been completely stripped, cleaned and sealed.

A particularly well made engine, it runs beautifully. The scale backhead is laid out neatly, there's a cutaway "driving" roof as well as its "Sunday best" one for when it's not in action at the track.

Pictures opposite were taken this afternoon following its steam test - we couldn't face getting it back onto the stands and wheeled into the studio for posh indoor pictures (it is nearly ten feet long and about a third of a ton), so I hope these give a flavour of the day.

length/inches 77 + 38
width/inches 14.5
height/inches 22
weight/kg est 600
wheel material cast iron
axlebox type plain bearing
cylinder material cast iron
valve type piston
valve gear Walschaerts
reverser type screw
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 2
boiler number KB07002
year built 2007
boiler maker Kingswood Boilers
CE mark yes
working pressure/psi 90
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 24/May/22
steam test valid to 3/Nov/19
superheater(s) 4
superheater type radiant
fusible plug yes
safety valve(s) 4
safety valve type spring
whistle yes