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Part-built "Thetford Town" - stock code 3399

A very finely made 2 inch scale Burrell to Ronald H Clarke's "Thetford Town" design, the work of a toolmaker who spent his working life in the motor industry at Cowley. Whilst many projects start with a bucket full of castings or the boiler, this gentleman built a rather beautiful hard-wood boiler onto which he assembled most of thedifficult to make parts usually left to the end of the project. Work to date comprises:

  • Set of wheels

  • Front axle, perch bracket, smokebox with alterator platform, chimney with spun cap

  • Belly tanks

  • Tender

  • Crane turret

  • Hornplate and spectacles

In addition there is a finished crankshaft, turned from solid in steel, a flywheel made in similar fashion and a part-machined cylinder block in bronze. There is the beginnings of a finely-made hardwood canopy, with some damage which looks to be repairable.

Complete with a set of drawings and other assorted literature and prints about the prototype engine. A large engine when complete at four feet long, in its current state it is only just liftable by one man.

scale 2 inch