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7 1/4 inch gauge switcher "LuLuBelle" - stock code 4948

An interesting old engine, a GWR 11xx "Midge" rather attractively worked over as a small switcher - I think it works, I liked the engine from the first time I saw it last year. It was originally built for a commercial railway, the whole thing has been robustly constructed for serious work. It has a ride on tender, with a seat and footpegs.

It had some work done on it last year in preparation for a boiler test which it passed. We've run it here and hydraulic tested the boiler - whilst structurally sound, it has a drip from the firehole door ring. Paintwork is tired, the chassis is in better mechanical condition than the cosmetic condition would suggest.

Hydraulic test 10-3-2010 @130psi
Steam test 10-3-2010 @85psi

Locomotive 36 inches
Tender 38 inches

Weight 390 pounds including tender

gauge 7 1/4 inch