This is or was her latest look before 'O' ring failure took her out of operation for a while, along with some other wear problems (bushes, axles... valve gear....). But, she will be back! Eventually....
Locobox Rheidol "Jake"
One of the last of the Locobox engines built before they went out of business this ossie fired twin cylinder engine is probably all the proof you ever need that ossie powered engines can run just as well as 'O' ring powered ones!
Apart from a repaint, glazing the cab, and the addition of a chuff pipe engine is completely standard.
Built from the kit version, the Regner range of models are superb in nearly every aspect. Apart from removing the gas valve that comes with the kit, and replacing it with a Ronson type, and moving the gas tank closer to the boiler she remains standard. She has been weathered a bit, although most of that has worn off over the last few years since she's been built.
I moved the gas tank as otherwise during the cold months (and golly we get enough of those) she wouldn't fire at all as the gas got too cold.
My second live steamer and until recently a firm favourite, unfortunately she is currently off the road as she's worn out. She is fitted with a www.SM32.co.uk burner (an early edition which works much better than the latest bersions), as well as their uprated cylinders. I'm in the process of taking her to bits to replace the cylinder 'O' rings and to possibly repair the boiler as some of the pipework has gone rotten..
You can never have enough live steam locomotives can you? Unfortunately I can only currently afford four of them, and one of those is currently a pile of bits.
The latest edition (at this time September 2015) of the fleet I bought this engine from GRS second hand as it had been returned to the shop by a disgruntled owner. It turns out that the steam pipe hadn't been soldered to the steam chest properly so two minutesd with a blow torch and she runs superbly. Fitted with RC courtest of good frend Chris Harrop and with a chuff pipe she is a mainstay of the steam fleet.
A clearer view of how the Cradock is radio controlled. The batteries are in the battery box below the cab, with the receiver in the side tank, along with a servo for the reverser. The Regulator is controlled by a separate servo just at the bottom of the picture
Playmobil Bargain / Essel Chassis
A chance buy on a certain auction site led to a Playmobil body for about a fiver, The purchase of a 0-4-0 Essel Chassis led to the first creation of Jake's first "grown up" diesel, this has since been replaced with a new body made from Plasticard on the existing body..