A part-built 7 1/4 inch gauge Manning Wardle 0-4-0ST to the excellent Derek ("DAG") Brown/Mark Smithers design. Work to date is to a good standard, much of the work was contracted out for CNC machining a local engineering company. There's enough bits here to get to an air-running chassis with little further expenditure other than time - the builder estimated he was a month away from having it running.
Erected frames with wheelsets, axleboxes, horns, spring hangers
Smokebox front and back rings
Machined cylinders, pistons with Clupet rings fitted
Valve eccentric straps and sheaves machined
Connecting and coupling rods machined from gauge plate
Steam brake cylinder machined and fitted
Complete with a set of Mr Brown's peerless drawings, the great man still supplies parts and castings (as well as much useful advice, I hazard to guess).
My own small part in the "Anna" story is being the boiler inspector for the first engine built - Derek's own - with stage inspections, hydraulic and steam tests in their turn. His engine first ran on the railway here at home, we both had a short run with it on the day - there's a video here if you want to see what you're letting yourself in for.
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