|3 1/2 inch gauge Stanier 2-6-4T - stock code 7281|
An particularly ugly looking example of Martin Evans' (normally nicely proportioned) "Jubilee" Stanier 2-6-4T locomotive. It's the cab that does it, no idea why the builder fitted something the size and shape of a shed, it looks like platework wasn't his favourite bit of the job.
This one came from the son of the late builder - the man also built an Allchin we've sold recently (although by that time he seemed to have acquired greater facility with sheet metal). A time-served turner by trade, he spent his working life at a government establishment near Oxford - his son remembers this engine being built, it's been in the back of the garage for over thirty years.
Silver soldered copper boiler - with the amount of solder used it probably needs Hall marking rather than hydraulic testing - which looks like a not untypical first attempt at boilermaking. Twin axle pumps with auxiliary hand pump. Gunmetal cylinders with slide valves actuated by Walschaerts gear with pole reverser.
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