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7 1/4 inch narrow gauge 0-4-2T "Tom Rolt" - stock code 8279

A particularly well made 7 1/4 inch gauge "Tom Rolt", based on the prototype built by the Talyllyn Railway as their No.7, using parts from a post-war three foot gauge Andrew Barclay well tank and entering service in 1991.

I had the pleasure of driving this engine at the builder's club recently - very impressed, it's a thoroughly well-sorted piece of kit, free-steaming and easy to drive, with a good deal of power and the adhesive weight to use it.

The builder is an experienced engineer with several fine locomotives to his credit. We sold his 7 1/4 inch gauge Alco last year - since finishing the "Tom Rolt" he's gone on to finish a fine GWR 14XX and is currently on with a Southern S15.

The engine has robustly proportioned valve gear and motion with generous bearing surfaces, the backhead is well laid out with everything falling easily to hand.

I particularly like the vacuum brakes, working on both locomotive and driving truck - it's a well thought out system, with vacuum reservoir behind the front buffer beam and brake valve high up on the left hand side of the cab.

It works very well although we rarely see vacuum braked locomotives - don't know why, I can attest to their effectiveness and ease of operation both from recent experience of "Lyd" on an early morning run up to Blaenau (courtesy of No.1 son, a fireman on the FR) and a drive some years ago, courtesy Chris Knibbs, of his superb Keith Wilson built GWR 47XX at the Ingfield Railway which is similarly equipped.

gauge 7 1/4 inch
length/inches 62
width/inches 17 1/2
height/inches 30 1/2
weight/kg est 300
cylinder material cast iron
valve type piston
valve gear Walschaerts
reverser type pole
lubricator type mechanical
injector(s) 2
boiler number N82-100-9S
year built 2001
boiler maker Harry Holt
CE mark n/a - pre-2002
working pressure/psi 100
boiler type locomotive
boiler material steel
boiler construction welded, expanded tubes
steam test valid to 23/Nov/19
fusible plug yes
safety valve(s) 2
safety valve type spring
whistle yes