A well-advanced 7 ¼ inch gauge Black 5 to Martin Evans’
“Highlander” design, the work of a prolific model engineer, whose first
engine – a Great Western 14xx by the same designer – took a “Very Highly
Commended” at the London Model Engineering Exhibition, which he followed up by
building the Isle of Man 0-6-0T “Caledonia”. A builder rather than club
driver, after test steaming and painting the first two engines he put them away in the garage and set to
with the Stanier 4-6-0.
Advancing years and a house move led to the decision to part with both the
complete engines and this work in progress, the whole collection arriving here a
couple of weeks ago.
Advancing years and a house move led to the decision to part with both the complete engines and this work in progress, the whole collection arriving here a couple of weeks ago.
Work to date is to a high standard and comprises a complete
chassis with smokebox assembly, blast pipe and blower ring, running boards and
steam brake cylinder. Wheels are in cast iron, hollow driving axles as per
prototype with leading bogie wheels tyred in steel – the bogie axles are
provided with oil nipples. Split gunmetal axleboxes with remote lubricators on
the running boards.
Gunmetal piston-valve cylinders, Walschaert’s valve gear
with screw reverser in cab, twin mechanical lubricator giving independent feed
to each cylinder. Drain cocks rod-operated from cab.
The tender is complete, the platework nicely done with flat
sheet and neatly placed and closed rivets.
The boiler is about 90% complete, of silver-soldered copper
construction, as on his other engines.
There is a large quantity of machined and fabricated parts
A large, powerful engine when complete, this one is
probably better than 80% done, with the potential to make a fine engine when
I had a good one of these come in last year which Alan and
I enjoyed trying out at the club – there
are some pictures and a video of that one in the archive.
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