Here we have another well engineered 5" gauge LNER B1 to Martin Evans 'Springbok' design. This one looks to have been a regular performer, although everything is still nice and mechanically pretty tight. The livery is more or less BR Brunswick green, which of course the B1s never actually carried in real life, and certainly not with the original LNER numbers and letters, but the overall effect is, we think quite pleasing. We've often thought that the B1s would have suited BR green very well, and this is one that is half way there!
She is fitted with an injector, a mechanical axle pump with footplate fitted bypass valve and of course a big hand pump in the tender. Lubrication is from a large mechanical reservoir on the running board, so you should be able to run most of the day without having to worry too much about stopping to top up all the time! The backhead is pretty much standard Springbok, and although the paint has clearly been clattered with the shovel on a decent number of occasions, everything is free and feels exactly as it should.
We have hydrauliced the boiler with a fresh twice working pressure 'shell test', and it's nice and sound, so can be given a full fresh 4 year hydraulic test certificate and a fresh annual steam test so that she is ready to hit the track.
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