7 1/4 inch gauge Midland Railway steam motor carriage - stock code 6769

Something different in 7 1/4 inch gauge, a Midland Railway steam motor carriage, built from original drawings and photographs, the locomotive unit being based on Don Young's excellent "Tug" design, ingeniously grafted into the scratch-built coach body. The originals were produced in the early part of the last century under Deeley's time as CME - cost of the first one had been estimated at 2200, reduced to 1800 if they built two.

Silver soldered copper boiler by John Ellis, supplied new in October 2010. 100psi working pressure, feed by twin injectors. Cast iron cylinders with slide valves actuated by Walschaert's gear, pole reverser. Mechanical lubricator. Chime whistle fitted beneath bodywork.

The scale roof is detachable for driving, it's replaced with an upholstered full length seat with enough room for the driver and a couple of friends. With both locomotive and rear bogie articulated, it's an ideal thing for a garden railway with restricted curves. If you get tired of carrying friends about and want to channel your inner steam punk, I think the locomotive on its own has a certain quirky charm! There's a clip of it running in the workshop here.

Length inches 91 inches

Boiler number ST361
Builder John Ellis, commercial
Date of manufacture 2010
Construction Copper, silver soldered throughout
Working pressure 100psi
Hydraulic test, test pressure/date tested 150psi / 21-Jul-2015, valid to 20-Jul-2019
Steam test 21-Jul-2015, valid to 20-Jul-2016

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