I first saw the engine running years ago - it belonged to a friend who was also a boiler inspector at the club we were both members of at the time.
Proudest achievement was when the man - normally a dyed in the wool standard gauge fan - ordered a new Stafford from us (it was this one) to take over public running duties from the "Tug" and his elderly American 2-8-0.
Well built in the first place, it's now due for an overhaul. The steel boiler has club history; it long ago had the superheater flues blanked off with plugs and threaded bar - not uncommon back in the day in full-sized engines - running saturated in recent times.
The chassis itself is free-rolling, it runs on air.
|7 1/4 inch
|displacement with sight feed
|welded, silver soldered tubes
|safety valve type