Started many years ago when the builder bought a new boiler from Swindon Boilers in 2005, this "Tug" 0-4-0 - the scaled up version of Don Young's popular 5 inch gauge "Rail Motor" design - has been finished in recent times and only tested steamed to check the valve setting. So far it's never actually run on a track.
Whilst a slightly eccentric looking machine, underneath the chassis has been well made and the boiler, by Swindon, by one of the best boilermakers and in excellent condition. The engine runs well and steams freely - there's some video of it here.
Could be run as it is, if you fancy some light sheet metalwork and painting over the coming winter, it could be turned out something more like the designer intended - there are some pictures of a standard "Tug" we sold back in 2012 here.
|gauge||7 1/4 inch|
|cylinder material||cast iron|
|boiler construction||silver soldered|