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Stoker
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« on: October 25, 2013, 01:44:15 PM »

A member over at Model Railroad Forums posted this unique model recently, trying to ascertain exactly what it is. Click this link to visit his thread at MRF.

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The model was gifted to him by his father, and was told that this was a display model from the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. The craftsmanship is superb. My guess is that it is British, but my knowledge of those locomotives is pretty limited. Can anyone here positively identify this? If not, where can he find out more?
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2013, 07:27:51 PM »

I think you'd have better luck at some of the garden railroad and live steam sites. Try these:

http://www.mylargescale.com

http://www.largescalecentral.com

http://www.forum.gscalecentral.net

That last one has a lot of UK modelers.



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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2013, 07:30:00 PM »

Beautiful brass and iron creation. Really like the display trestle.
You have quite a treasure there...
Ken
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2013, 03:49:12 AM »

It smacks of a Kirtley or Sharp Stewart style loco, possibly a Wainwright.

The great loco designers had their styles and those are the names that sprung to my mind.

The annals of Model Engineer Magazine will have covered anything as good as that if it were at a Worlds' Fair, and by 1893 I think the mag. was already established.

Martin
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Hector Bell
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2013, 04:08:20 AM »

I think it's this one
http://orion.math.iastate.edu/jdhsmith/term/slegesr401.jpg

A Neilsen.  A company that did a great deal of work for overseas railways.  This one is for the Egyptian State Railways, so unlikely to have been on show at Chicago!

Martin
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2013, 09:07:42 AM »

That is an exquisite locomotive. The workmanship is wonderful. I hope no one intends to restore it and its simply preserved.

Try posting here:

http://www.chaski.org/homemachinist/viewforum.php?f=8&sid=8a65671ba78ace43a7975c567e3ebdbc
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2013, 10:01:47 AM »

I agree, it has a wonderful patina now.
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2013, 01:50:47 PM »

Naw, it needs some rust, chains and antlers.   Wink

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