Ragleth is a freelance side tank locomotive with design inspirations from Manning Wardle. The loco is internally gas fired with a centre flue boiler. The model is gauge adjustable from 32mm (‘O’ gauge) to 45mm (‘1′ gauge) and has insulated wheels as standard. The axles run in bronze bearings and all the rods and valve gear are manufactured from stainless steel.
The engine is available either in manual or radio control versions. The cab roof flips up and over sideways to give access to the gas, water and lubricator fillers. The boiler is fitted with a water level check valve and the displacement lubricator has an under floor drain valve.
The model is built from stainless steel and brass, and with the correct maintenance, will give a lifetime of pleasure. A “Garden Rail” magazine review of the loco can be read here Ragleth review
- Scale: 16mm to 1 foot (1:19)
- Length: 262mm (10 ¼ ins)
- Gauge: 32mm or 45mm
- Width: 116mm (4 ⅝ ins)
- Min Radius: 0.6M (24 ins)
- Height: 160mm (6 ¼ ins)
- Weight: 4.1 kg (9lbs)
- Boiler: Centre Flue
- Working Pressure: 60psi
- Reversing Gear: Piston type, reverse by lever in the cab
- Fuel: Butane Gas
- Valve Gear: Simulated Stephenson’s link
- Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water level check valve.
- Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverser, lubricator drain valve,water level check valve.
Colours available, subject to production batch:
S19-9 LMS Maroon
S19-10 GWR Green
S19-11 Dark Blue
Chris Bird has produced a very useful ‘how to’ video covering gauge changing, preparation and steaming of this loco. Two further videos showing the loco running and the fitting of one of his ‘chuffer’ exhausts can be seen here and here.