Here we have another of these pretty little 5" gauge GWR 1366 pannier tanks. This is a pretty much brand new model and only steamed on a couple of occasions. It's a commercially made loco from Kingscale, but we think it's fair to say the little batch they made of these panniers has been their most successful product so far in terms of running reliability. It's well known that the fit and finish of Kingscale locos is not quite the same as the more 'usual' model engineering tolerances, and particularly on the larger locos that has caused some degree of issues with reliability and running. However, on a small loco like this the weaknesses in the manufacturing processes aren't nearly as evident, and certainly don't seem to cause any significant problems with the smaller models operation. We've seen a few of these little 1366s now and they all seem to be superb little machines that run extremely well.
Fitted with an injector, a crosshead water pump with footplate mounted bypass valve and of course a hand pump in the cab. Lubrication is mechanical and on the running boards for easy access. The boiler is silver soldered copper and comes with all the original paperwork as well as a fresh hydraulic and steam test so you can be confident all is also well there. All in all a really nicely detailed, very pretty little locomotive that in this case has a reputation for performing extremely well!
As with most of our models, what you see isn't necessarily what you get! We often photograph models pretty much as they come in to us, and then when someone phones to say they are interested we pull the model into our workshops and make sure everything is tested, sorted and ready to go. So if you see the odd model photograph with a fitting missing or a return crank in the wrong place, that's just how it came in and certainly not how it will leave.
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