5" 'Emmet' 0-4-0

Here we have a slightly off the wall but endearing beast!  A 5" gauge 'Emmet' style 0-4-0 saddle tank.  She's big n heavy too, a good bit bigger than a Sweet Pea, and a heavy two person lift.  All clearly to the builder's somewhat eccentric ideas, the valve gear is essentially Hackworth, but without a return crank.  Instead the motion is directly taken from the rear of the coupling rods and then there is a rocker shaft to reverse the direction of the motion, and judging by the immense levels of mucky oil that the loco arrived at the workshops wearing,.... it worked well enough!  We've included a photo of the loco in happier times and it appears to be running and pulling well.

The boiler!  It looks solidly made and soundly made, and is silver soldered copper,.... but it's a weird little design!  The firebox is oval, as you can see from the photographs, and there is one large flue tube, down which the main steam pipe from the regulator heads, (having passed literally through the fire hole door to get there!) and then doubling back on it's self several times to form essentially a superheater.  It's currently missing the ashpan and grate but that's a fairly easy thing to make.  If the model wasn't so clearly well used, we'd bet against the boiler being man enough for the task in that format, but it's clearly done plenty of running, so it obviously does what it should, if through a pretty unconventional route!

There is an injector fitted as well as a big hand pump in the cab/tank.  Lubrication is a simple displacement pot in the cab.  To sum up, this is definitely a 'project' loco, and you're going to have to do at least a little work to bring her back to life.  But crude as she is in places, judging by the obvious signs of use, we bet you could shove in a fire and it would probably just run!

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