sister engine Moel Fammau which I sold some years ago, this was one of the original pair
of Hunslets built by Milner Engineering when John Milner first set out building
locomotives in the 1970s. Moel Fammau was built first, the owner so
pleased with it that he straight away ordered the open cab Pendle Witch.
Both ran on his railway along with several other locomotives (including a
Tinkerbell, Romulus and the original Cromar White steam railcar) until the whole
outfit was sold in 2004.
As to be
expected from a man who started out making bits for aircraft, standard of
engineering is excellent throughout. The chassis in finely made and nicely
detailed, the saddle tank is complete with firing iron racks, the backhead
cladding includes a prototypically correct (though tricky to make) spun brass
surround which polishes up beautifully.
The chassis is complete and in good order, fit and finish of everything is as would be expected from a top end commercial build, big ends are gibbed and cotttered, oilers fitted everywhere, there are working leaf springs. Cylinders are in cast iron with prototypically correct circular valve chests fitted betweem the frames, there is a double-ram mechanical lubricator fitted behind the buffer beam.
The engine is complete with a tender with water tank and coal space - it's not quite as large as that fitted to "Moel Fammau". Comfortable to ride on, to my eyes it is rather more in proportion to the size of the engine.
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