An amazing chance to purchase this stunning GWR 1366 7.25" gauge live steam pannier tank. If you want one then you will have to have this one. The detail and quality of detail is just lovely. Built by an award winning model engineer. He also built the driver's truck and passenger wagons.
Needs to go to a good home and be cherished.
I have photos and video showing this engine running pulling the driver and the 2 lovely passenger trucks with passengers.
There is an old boiler certificate. Will need re testing.
Some construction information (supplied by the family) below:
Kennions casting set from Wilson drawings with modifications from the original works drawings added during the build or later
- Steel frames
- Full set of cast iron castings (includes wheels, cylinders, valve chests, slip rings etc…)
- Iron or steel piston rings (it was O rings but they wore out)
- Bronze valve sliders
- Copper boiler, silver soldered with brass bosses and 2 super heaters
- Safety valve set to lift at 90psi
- Stainless steel regulator internals
- Steam brake
- Reeves 25oz injector (fitted in 2015)
- Steel platework
- Stainless steel hand rails
- Coupling rods & hooks satin chrome plated
- Brass pannier tanks
- Double acting axel pump
- Stove enamelled paintwork
- Brass funnel trim, dome and safety valve (the castings are bronze and the wrong colour.
- Mechanical lubricator
- Valve chest draincocks
- Sand boxes (these may need clearing out, I forgot to check. They use fine silver sand that was dried in the oven and sieved)
- Under cab feed for injector tank and steam brake in the driver’s truck
- Steel frames
- Cast iron wheels
- Ball raced axel boxes
- Plywood bodies (from the time when birch plywood was proper stuff)
- Spring hooks with relief on the bogie wagons for a radius of approximately 7m
Driver’s Truck only
- Brass tank with valve for injector water supply
- Steam brake on the frame (very effective from around 50psi upward
GWR Pannier Tank 1366 History of the build (supplied by the family) below:
The model was started in 1969 or 1970 from a set of drawings and casting (still available) from Kennion’s). At some point during this time a new Myford Super 7 lathe and second hand Tom Senior milling machine arrived to expand the workshop. The castings were roughed out on the old Atlas lathe so that the Myford did not get sand on it. Everything was built from scratch and it soon became clear that there we deficiencies in the Kennion drawings that meant the model would not be of the required standard.
A number of trips were made to the Dart Valley railway where they have 1369 so that critical parts could be measured. Roy also obtained as set of the works drawings to try and ensure the model was as accurate as the current progress would allow. Other notable events that stick in the memory are spraying everything with stove enamelled paint that had come from a business contact. Numerous attempts were made to get the perfect green and red and Roy lamented for a long time that the red was never right. The spray gun was driven by an ancient compressor of unknown origin that had to be regulated by a small person watching the gauge on the air tank and covering the inlet to maintain 60psi. The next challenge was baking everything in the oven in the kitchen. The small parts were no problem but the frames and tanks required a large extension to the oven being concocted out some giant television boxes that more or less stopped anyone getting in or out. The boiler was silver soldered. This hand been laboriously crafted from copper sheet and model engineering friends helped with the process to make sure it was correct.
A 4 wheel drivers truck based on a coal wagon was also built from works drawing
Improvements to the loco and track were ongoing and included:
- New lubricator
- Additional valve chest draincocks
- Sand boxes (on a visit somewhere the track was slippery)
- Steam brake with additional brakes on the driver’s truck
- Water tank in the driver’s truck for the injector (it never liked warm water from the side tanks).
- Motorised points
The loco was taken to many of the 7¼” gauge society meetings in the 1980s and 1990s and always ran well. A GWR milk tanker joined the shed, again built from works drawing with the intention of using it as a water tanker. In the end though a tank was just put in the driver’s truck. A second passenger truck was built for the home track so that it was not so much of a squash. From around 1988 to 1991 a perfect scale model of a Toad brake van was built that was entered in the 1991 Model Engineer Exhibition. This achieved a gold medal and is an outstanding piece of workmanship. This really showed the level of detail he was achieving and is a masterpiece. Every detail is there, route maps, stove, working lamps, lockers, even a dustpan and brush.
In summery this is certainly the finest 1366 I have seen and the best loco I have had since Gerry Tull's locos many years ago.
Price: £ Just arrived please call (No additional VAT to add)
Happy to consider a loco, traction, or stationary/marine/aero engines as a part exchange.
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