Rapido OO 4-2-2 Stirling

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Chops
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Rapido OO 4-2-2 Stirling

Postby Chops » Fri Jun 24, 2022 11:10 pm

Had to pay up for this one, Out of production. One thing: it doesn't run. Instead, it regally glides, side rods symmetrically swimming, across the British landscape whilst surveying her realm. The level of detail is matched by its extraordinary mechanism. This is not a locomotive, it is an event.
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Bigmet
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Re: Rapido OO 4-2-2 Stirling

Postby Bigmet » Sat Jun 25, 2022 10:46 am

The movement on the rails is exceptional, always so lovely to watch. Enjoy!

There are good photos of these locos in action on the express work they were designed for: no suggestion of 'gliding along'! An eruption at the chimney top, immediately flattening into a long stream above the train; which explains why such a large tender was needed on a loco typically running a maximum 90 mile stint before an engine change, coal and water were consumed at a great rate.

The famous story attached to one of the class is the action of a driver seeing that a freight train was crossing the line ahead of him. He clearly had a grasp of inertia, as he put on all steam for speed, in order to 'punch through' the obstruction - successfully! (Wagons were small and light back then.)

Don't forget what I posted earlier about my experience in getting the tender top off, should that ever be necessary. viewtopic.php?f=28&t=57216&p=702178&hilit=stirling+single#p702178


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