We sold this one back in 2010, it's recently arrived back in similar condition to the last time it was here although with addition of some expensively produced platework - in steel for the cab and roof, brass for water tanks. Words below are from 2010, pictures were taken this morning.
I haven't had one of these in before and was surprised at just how big the thing was when I first saw it in the workshop. A 7 1/4 inch gauge model of the Talyllyn Railway's "Tom Rolt" 0-4-2T, the last engine on the bench of a prolific builder (who was also responsible for the superb 5 inch gauge Black 5 "George Stephenson" currently in the workshop).
This is a well-advanced build, comprising a chassis complete with brakes, reverser, drain cocks - piston valve cylinders are in cast iron, Walschaert's valve gear. Crisp, high quality machining, loads of nice details like spring lid oilers throughout the motionwork, working leaf springs, immaculately piped-up drain cocks - the longer you look at it, as with his Black 5, the more you see.
Commercially-built boiler was delivered earlier this year, steel with expanded steel tubes, CE mark on backhead.
A straightforward build from here, which is mainly platework and fitting out, with the potential for a very fine, powerful locomotive when completed.
Length 55 inches
Width 19 inches
Height 20 inches
|gauge||7 1/4 inch|