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Part-built 4 inch scale Foster - stock code 2222

A large collection of parts for a 4 inch scale Foster traction engine to the Live Steam Models design. A popular engine, it's straightforward to build yet produces a powerful engine ideally suited to rallying. I've had several Fosters in over the last couple of years, they always seem to go very well - at almost half a ton they are very stable, making them easy to drive from a seat perched on the tender.

The work completed is to a high standard, much of the machining by Live Steam Models themselves. Thus far, the engine comprises:

Completed smokebox with door, boiler ring and chimney
Perch branket with front axle
Spud pan and ring
All hubs assemblies machined ready for assembling
Set brass hubcaps
Laser-cut hornplates with all rivets fitted
Back axle with keys
Rear axle bearing housings
Cylinder end cover and valve chest cover
Tender water pocket and step castings in gunmetal
Complete set of steel gear blanks
Steering worm and wheel
Main bearing housings machined, split bearings machined, ready to fit
Quantity of other unmachined castings including weighshaft bracket etc.

Franklin & Bell steel boiler, expanded in steel tubes, bushed for fusible plug. All paperwork and initial 375psi hydraulic test certificate
Manhole door with bridge
Firehole door
Cast iron grate
Set of firing irons and flue brush

Complete set of drawings

Castings for this engine are readily available from Live Steam Models, who also offer a machining service.

Finished length 72 inches
Weight approx 1/2 ton in working order

scale 4 inch