Dauntless

The FCPyF’s locos do not normally carry names, in fact it’s sometimes difficult to make out their numbers! However the new consolidation, number 117, was named “Dauntless” by its previous owner, the Baleria Railway.

117 before delivery. Photo – Baleria Railway

The loco’s original tender drive mechanism is unsuitable for use on the FCPyF and is being replaced by a larger unit.

The new tender utilises the original body, extended to fit a four axle Athearn SW chassis instead of the three axle Hornby mechanism.

The rebuilt tender is in the style of a Vanderbilt tender with a cylindrical tank extending behind the fuel bunker.

Accompanying photographs of 117, parked next to the carriage shed at Grande, show work in progress. An oil tank will fill the coal space and an access ladder and water filler hatch will be added at the rear of the tank.

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About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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