This is a freelance Tender Engine believed to have been made to order in about 1910. It was used on a garden track at the family villa in Sutton Coldfield which overlooked the famous Sutton Park miniature railway which I understand was an early constructio n by Bassett Lowke. The family told my father that they believed the locomotive was running on their garden track in 1910, which must confirm its date as Sutton Park was the second miniature railway constructed by Bassett Lowke in 1908 and undoubtedly influenced them to have their own garden version, albeit of smaller gauge. Having said that, a date of 1904 was also mentioned by the family perhaps the 5 railway came first? The engine is a substantial machine, would have been powerful with large outside cylinders, and superheated too.
However please understand that it would require restoration to return it to steaming condition or would be ideal to keep in its present condition for display as a genuine period model which has never been on the market. Total Length 54.5 inches. Engine chassis L 32.5 x W 9 inches.
Tender L 21.5 x W 9 inches. Max Height to chimney top 16 inches.The motion and wheels are completely free turning , including those of the tender which is in good condition. Please understand however that for steam use a new boiler and firebox would be required, copying the present original, which it's interesting to note was for superheated steam (see sixth photo). Collection in person only from a few miles West of Ludlow (Shropshire) , or send a man with a van etc. The item "1910 5 LIVE STEAM LOCO Historic 5 inch gauge Garden Railway Engine, Model Train" is in sale since Monday, February 24, 2020. This item is in the category "Toys & Games\Steam". The seller is "fairorgan" and is located in LUDLOW, Shropshire. This item can't be shipped, the buyer must pick up the item.