3 1/2″ LBSC ‘Gladstone’

Here we have a superb, beautiful and rare little thing!  A 3 1/2″ gauge London Brighton and South Coast Railway’s Class B1 0-4-2 ‘Gladstone, presented in fully lined out Stroudly ‘improved engine green’.  We love our Victorian locos here at TSW, and we love the rare stuff as well, so this one was a must to get in!  It’s nicely engineered too, with crisp model engineering and some nice detailing.  The neat little steam driven westinghouse pump on the running board is a real one, and operated with a valve on the footplate,…. although it doesn’t actually pump anything, it just pops up and down for show.

Fitted with a crank pin pump for water, mounted underneath the cab and driven by a rod from the rear driving wheel crank pin and fed through a bypass valve on the footplate.  There is also a large hand pump in the tender for water as well.  Lubrication is a simple large displacement one under the front running boards feeding directly into the valve chest.  Boiler is copper of course and superheated, and she can leave here fully re-commissioned with fresh hydraulic tests and a fresh steam test so that she is ready to hit the rails once again!

Here’s a little link to the Wikipedia page on the prototype.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LB%26SCR_B1_class

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