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7 1/4 inch gauge Royal Scot "Lion" - stock code 7043

We've sold this engine a couple of times since it first arrived with us in 2013. For the last couple of years it's been having occasional running on a public railway where the owner kept his Tinkerbell. Condition now is similar to the last time we sold it in 2016.

Words below are from the last listings, pictures opposite taken when it first arrived with us.

We sold this one back in 2013, it's recently come back from France. Steamed half a dozen times since last here - the Ellis boiler has seen less than a dozen firings from new. Pictures below are from last time it was here, it looks very much the same now.

A finely-made 7 1/4 inch gauge "Royal Scot", built to the Greenly design using Bassett Lowke castings.

A historic locomotive, it ran at various locations (indeed in various countries) before ending up for sale at Christies, New Bond Street in the early 1980s.

From there it joined a collection of locomotives based at a well-known parkland railway near Reading - sharing duties with a variety of other engines (including a Black 5 we had in last year), it ran until the early 1980s, at which time it was comprehensively overhauled, fitted with a new copper boiler by Bishop-Ellis and repainted.

On completion of the overhaul the locomotive was run on air to test it, after which it was put in a display case where it's lived ever since; the boiler's never seen a fire, it's in as-new condition; the chassis is, as to be expected, in excellent mechanical order.

Silver soldered copper boiler by Bishop-Ellis, 90psi working pressure, four-element superheater, feed by twin injectors and axle pump.

Cast iron cylinders with piston valves actuated by Walschaert's gear with screw reverser in cab. Mechanical lubricator, with dummy Wakefield lubricators on the running boards. Steam brake.

6142 was built by the North British Locomotive Works in 1927 and entered service as "Lion" - several of the class were named after early locomotives. It was later renamed "The York and Lancaster Regiment", the name it carried until withdrawn in 1964.

Boiler by Bishop-Ellis, initial hydraulic test at 180psi for 90psi working pressure 16th June 1983. Unsteamed from new.

July 2013 - the engine has now been steamed, for the first time in thirty years. Goes as well as it looks, seems a shame to have kept it in a glass case for so long! There's a clip of it running in our yard here.

gauge 7 1/4 inch
length/inches 61 + 35
weight/kg est 300
wheel material cast iron
axlebox type plain
cylinder material cast iron
valve type piston
valve gear Walschaerts
reverser type screw
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 2
boiler number BE
year built 1983
boiler maker John Ellis
CE mark n/a - pre-2002
working pressure/psi 90
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
hydraulic test valid to 27-Feb-2023
fusible plug no
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type spring