The Vale of Rheidol railway is raffling off this wonderful G scale steam locomotive to raise funds for their carriage restoration project. The cost of a raffle ticket is £2 each and the prizes are:
1st - Accucraft W&L no.14 16mm scale live steam loco
2nd - family ticket for use on Vale of Rheidol railway
3rd - Free ticket for driving Margaret at Devil's Bridge demo line (Driver for a fiver experience)
The raffle is to be drawn on Saturday November 24th 2018 at the Warley Model Railway show, NEC, Birmingham.
We will send the raffle ticket stub to you by post. PLEASE ENSURE YOU ENTER THE DISCOUNT CODE VOR1 BEFORE PAYING, TO GET FREE POSTAGE!!!!!
Built in 1954, No. 85 was the last of 32 built for the Sierra Leone Government Railways to a standard design by Hunslet. Completed as works number 3815, No. 85 was delivered to the Sierra Leone port and capital of Freetown with sister engine No. 84, the pair costing £21,273. They were set to work on the extensive Sierra Leone Railway, which had a mainline extending 227.5 miles.
By the time No. 85 arrived, the Hunslet 2-6-2s were confined mainly to shunting and banking heavy trains out of Freetown. Their working life was to be short too – with the Sierra Leone Government Railways finally closing in 1974. No. 85 was brought back to the UK to work at the preserved Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway, where it regularly hauled passenger trains until April 2010, when its last 10-year boiler ticket expired. It has recently been on display at the National Railway Museum at Shildon.
The model is internally gas fired and has slide valve cylinders. The boiler is fitted with a water gauge and a water top-up valve is supplied. It is available in four different colours. The engine is re-gaugeable from 45mm to 32mm by the customer. It is manual control, but can be adapted for remote control.
Scale: 16mm to 1 foot (1:19)
Length over cowcatchers: 350mm (13½ inches)
Width: 116mm (4 ½ inches)
Height: 168mm (7 inches)
Min Radius: 1.2m (48 inches)
Boiler: Centre Flue
Working Pressure: 60psi
Reversing Gear: Slide valves, Simplified Walschaerts, reverser lever in cab.
Fuel: Butane Gas
Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge.
Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, lubricator under floor drain valve.