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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Fowler No.15145 'Rusty'

Between messing about with model engines, I am involved with a friends collection of full size traction engines. Since 2008 he has been working on the rebuild of a Fowler BB1 ploughing engine, which has required a very thorough restoration. A lot of boiler work had to be done - including a new tubeplate, a patch in the barrel, new firebox and a new crown. As well as the boiler work a new tender, chimney and toolboxes were made along with a complete rebuild of the motion work, the latter being largely undertaken by Rory Morgan Engineering.

The decision however was made to leave the engine in as found condition as the owner already has a BB1 that has been fully restored providing a contrast between the two and allowing the public at events to see the work that goes into restoring an engine.

As purchased at the Philps sale in 1995.

First steaming on the 8th August 2012.

Re-assembly in the workshop - 27th June 2013

First run - 3rd June 2013

The Engineer.

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