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7 1/4 inch gauge Stirling 2-2-2 - stock code 6486

A 7 1/4 inch gauge Stirling Single - not the supremely elegant 8 foot 4-2-2 bogie single but its predecessor with 7 foot 6 inch drivers.

Unusual to see any Stirling single in 7 1/4 inch gauge, I can't remember seeing another 2-2-2. This came in recently as a part exchange from an experienced builder who has a 7 1/4 inch gauge B1 to his credit, with a Patriot nearing completion on the bench - he had acquired this engine in a non-running state and fettled it for running at his club, where its modest hauling capacity (in common with the full-sized prototype) and aversion to thirty foot radius curves relegated it to occasional use.

TIG-welded copper boiler, 90psi working pressure, feed by twin injectors. Cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Stephenson's gear, pole reverser in the cab, mechanical lubricator.

Locomotive 44 inches
Tender 33 inches

gauge 7 1/4 inch