|"The Finished Product" (The Steam Workshop)|
|"When She Came In" (The Steam Workshop)|
Looking passed her unusual black, red and dark green livery, we saw a nice engine. Both Eddie & myself looked all around her. The machining was nice, the bearings were new and tight, the boiler was new and looked of good construction, almost commercial. The only thing that let her down, apart from a certain mechanical issue causing her not to run, was her paint. Therefore, the negotiations began and, though she didn't look pretty, I considered the brand new boiler aspect. A brand new, working boiler is always a bonus of course, plus brand new running gear! With a change in price to reflect the extra work required to make the engine look and run well, the purchase was agreed. Since June the engine has been undergoing her full make-over to my specification. TSW lads were more than happy to do the engine just as I wanted it. Their enthusiasm for what they do really does shine through and you can tell that everything must be 'just so' for them. I have included a couple of TSW's pictures below of the overhaul. To see their overhaul report for my new engine, click here. Here is the tender and the boiler enjoying some paint stripper...
|"Removing Old Paint" (The Steam Workshop)|
|"The Main Bits" (The Steam Workshop)|
|"The Before" (The Steam Workshop)|
|"The After" (The Steam Workshop)|
The locomotive is now waiting. She is waiting for the Midlands show where she will appear on the Coventry stand on behalf of CMES. She won't be running before then so that she remains in outshopped condition. After that, she'll have a run - which I am already looking forward to. All in all, a longer experience than was planned but I cannot really fault the SW lads for the immaculate end product they have turned out. The loco is nothing like her former self, nicknamed the 'red running board beast'. I hope she will turn out to be a good performer but, as readers, you'll find out when it happens! Meanwhile, shed mate "Achilles" will hopefully have one or two runs before "Maisie" goes out but we'll see.
As a background, the new engine is the 3.5" gauge 4-4-2 "Maisie" designed by LBSC. This type is a pretty good model of the Great Northern Railway large boilered Atlantic. These engines were big and powerful performers on the GNR and survived through the LNER and, in smaller numbers, to BR. With big wheels and boilers they were fast, but were modified at various points in their life to make them better at starting trains with only four driving wheels. The class were also adapted from their original pole reverse with slide valves (a nightmare) to screw reverse with piston valves. This improved their economy. I think these do come out as an attractive engine and mine (4436) was modelled on that engine as I believe she was never overly modified. Some C1's ended up with Gresley inspired cabs and outside valve gear, but not 4436, keeping her true to form. To check out other work and for sale engines on the Steam Workshop, click here. All the best guys, Sam...