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2834 in 1930s condition - built by Steamline Sheffield - Click pictures to view at full size




To complete


Etched nickel silver frames, motion and brass superstructure

Lost wax, whitemetal and turned fittings

Flexichas suspension

Designed by Martin Finney


Kit to convert to working Inside Motion - IM4


 Dean 3000 gallon tender or Churchward 3500 gallon tender.


Driving:4' 7 14-spoke 15" crank throw, pin in line with spokes - Ultrascale, Alan Gibson, Markits

Pony truck: 3'2" diameter 10-spoke - Ultrascale, Alan Gibson, Markits

 Motor  Designed for a Portescap 1624 but an alternative is a Mashima 1428
 Gearbox  High Level Highflyer 54:1


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From this kit any of the 28xx class (2800 - 2883) with the full cone D4 boiler can be built from circa 1907 to the present day.

The locomotives were built over a period of 16 years from 1903 to 1919 under 8 Lots. As the half cone, D2, boiler is not included in the kit the earliest authentic model that can be constructed is one of Lot 160 that was built with the full cone, D4, boiler (No. 2822 onwards). All of the other principal variations and those detailed below are possible using the components in the kit.

The early engines were paired with 3000 gallon tenders of standard design. Starting with Lot 181 in 1911 3500 gallon tenders were used and this tender subsequently became general for the class and has remained so ever since, although some engines kept 3000 gallon tenders until after the Great War.

Other Variations/Modifications

Chimneys: two different types are provided.

Smokebox: originally quite short and later front and back rings had snap head rivets.

Rear sandboxes: originally filled from inside cab and later from circa 1915 a new pattern filled from outside.

Front sandboxes: Lot 210 had a larger pattern and entirely different operating rods.

Cab roof: early canvas covered wood - later steel with two designs of rainstrip.

Buffers: originally Dean taper type, later Collett types.

Brake hangers: originally double type, later cast design.

Crosshead: two different designs are provided.

Extra boiler support: fitted to Nos. 2800 2830

New cylinders: from 1934 onwards, with outside steampipes and also involved fitting curved drop plates to some of the early engines.

Injectors: originally between frames with pipes to top feed largely obscured later moved outside the frames and pipes re-routed along edge of valence.

Lubricators: journal lubricators fitted from circa 1920 onwards.

Front struts: fitted from 1908 onwards.

Variations / Modifications possible from the kit

Cab roof: About 1927 the cab roofs were extended at the back.

Snifting valves: position varied.

Cab spectacle windows: plated over during the late 1920s.

ATC equipment: fitted to the entire class in 1930/1.

Smokebox chin step: two different designs.

Lamp bracket: moved to smokebox door in 1934-37.

Vacuum pipe: originally tall - later a shorter pattern introduced.

Pony truck spring housing: originally uncovered but subsequently fitted with a bell shaped cover.

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