Sold February 2007 Back to Archive

7 1/4 inch gauge petrol shunter with driving truck - stock code 2962

I sold this one in February 2007, it's recently come back from a local railway as a part exchange. Hasn't run in the last year, it will need at least the battery charging, old petrol draining out and the plug cleaning before use.

A substantially built 7 1/4 inch gauge petrol engined shunter, in use until 2004 as a club locomotive for public running days until increasing passenger numbers led to a much larger replacement being built.

The locomotive is based on 1/2 in plate steel frames, axles run in roller takeup bearings. The single cylinder Honda engine has had an electric start grafted on and drives through a Fenner coupling with a band brake to the flywheel. Transmission is fixed with centrifugal clutch. Both locomotive and tender are vacuum braked, run from the engine manifold with a resevoir in the tender and driver's brake lever and vacuum gauge in the cab. Bodywork is all in steel - this, coupled with the substantial frames, give an all up weight of around three hundredweight.

The ride-on tender is six wheeled, with flanges removed from the centre wheels.

The engine requires work - something between a restoration and an overhaul. The battery is feeble and needs replacing - the smallest Ford Fiesta type item from Halfords would do the job. The recoil start needs a new rope, the headlamp requires some remedial work with epoxy and the band brake needs lining. On the bright side, the thing is robustly constructed, runs on ball bearings throughout (including the coupling rods) and, with vacuum brakes, has the potential to make a useful club engine.

Locomotive 44 inches
Tender 36 inches

gauge 7 1/4 inch