Here we have a BR 'Brittannia' class locomotive. Numbered 70005 and named 'North Star' this superb model is one of the best 3_1/2"gauge locomotives that I have seen.
Built in approximately 1953 the locomotive includes the following features: a superheated copper boiler and fittings including sight gauge, pressure gauge, blower, twin injectors, top feed clacks and two safety valves. Other features include: fluted connecting rods, dummy sanding gear and brakes, axle driven feed pump, mechanical lubricator, blow down valve, etc. The tender is fitted with a double acting hand pump and water scoop. 'North Star' comes complete with a 'Golden Arrow' head board, a pair of arrows and a set of lamps.
I would definitely describe this 'Britannia' as exhibition quality. 'North Sar' has been displayed in a private home for many years. The locomotive has, over a number of years, gradually been improved to the standard you now see. To our knowledge this locomotive has never been used on a regular (or irregular) basis. As one of the pictures shows the loco was hydraulically tested and steamed in 2004 whilst having work done on the cab. No problems where found but this was not a proper test and the locomotive is sold without a test certificate (some would say it is too good to steam!). A brass plate mounted on the boiler states that it was tested initially to 220 psi but that was in 1953.
I think 'North Star' is a wonderful example of model engineering at its best and I can say that in an unbiased way as the locomotive doesnt belong to me. It is being sold by another member of the Milton Keynes Model Engineering Society.
Please be patient and let the pictures load. I did try them half size initially but they just didnt do the model justice!
UPDATE 19/05/2005 - The owner of this loco is currently unsure as to whether/when or how he wants to sell 'North Star' so for the moment, at least, the loco has been withdrawn from sale.