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7 1/4 inch gauge "Romulus" - stock code 5626

We bought this one, new and unsteamed, from the builder in 2004. Sold at that time, it's recently come back to us having had two owners in the last eight years.

A particularly well-built "Romulus", the work of a highly talented builder responsible for many fine engines over the years including several 4 inch scale Fowlers we've had in: the superb Fen engine "My Girl", K5 ploughing engine "Obsession" and a fine A4 agricultural. In recent years he's also built a Simplex, 7 1/4 inch gauge Hunslet, the matching engine for "Obsession" and a batch of four 3 inch scale traction engines - I did a write up of a visit to his workshop in a news page back in 2004.

This engine was completed in the late 90s - boiler was supplied new in 1996 - but the engine remained new and unsteamed until I bought it in 2004. It's had two owners since then, the last using it until recently when an increasing amount of time spent at the Moors Valley Railway as a driver has left little time to play with this one back at home.

Steel boiler with expanded steel tubes, twin injectors with water feed from tender. Twin pop type safety valves. Cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Hackworth valve gear, pole reverser in cab. Mechanical lubricator.

Electric front lamps, powered by a pack of dry cells.

Re-tubed last year, the engine is in good condition throughout and runs well.

Apologies for the pictures taken in the workshop - it's not a day to be outside with a camera here! There are pictures of it when new in the archive.

Hydraulic test @150psi, 100psi working pressure, 30-10-12
Steam test 30-10-12

gauge 7 1/4 inch
length/inches 84 including tender
wheel material cast iron
cylinder material cast iron
valve type slide
valve gear Hackworth
reverser type pole
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 2
boiler maker Holt
CE mark n/a pre-2002
boiler type locomotive
boiler material steel
boiler construction welded, expanded tubes
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type pop