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Part-built Maid of Kent - stock code 2568

This engine came in recently looking rather forlorn, largely dismantled and covered in a generous coating of sawdust. However, having worked my way through the box of bits, it became apparent that the builder knew what he was doing, the machining and fitting is to a high standard. Getting rather inspired one evening I set to and cleaned up the parts and spent the next day reassembling what there was, which turned out to be a nicely built "Maid of Kent" chassis in outside cylinder form.

Work to date comprises:

Rolling chassis, cast iron horns, gunmetal axleboxes, wheels quartered and dowelled
Cylinders machined and fitted with guide bars, valve chests and steam tee
Smokebox, door and saddle
Stephenson's valve gear complete to weighshaft level, there is a complete screw reverser and stand included
Connecting and coupling rods
Tender chassis with brake stand
Left hand running board in brass

The whole thing is very well made - the wheels are accurately quartered, rods well-fitted and the whole thing turns over smoothly, requiring only minor work to run on air.

A very tatty set of drawings is included, drawings and castings are still available from Reeves. There's a picture of an outside MoK done up in Midland Compound guise on the archive page.

Length 60 inches overall

gauge 5 inch