Class 26 "Red Devil" 4-8-4 running again

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Class 26 "Red Devil" 4-8-4 running again
Posted by Overmod on Monday, July 09, 2018 8:53 AM

I wasn't aware of this until late yesterday, due to health issues, but holy cow!  3450 has apparently been restored to operating condition, and has made several test runs. 

Enough of the special modifications made by David Wardale survive, almost certainly involving substantial parts of the articulated-spindle multi-ring valve arrangement, to make this even more notable than restoring a class 25 or 25NC would have been.

One of several, perhaps many, videos

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Posted by selector on Monday, July 09, 2018 10:39 AM

Beautiful.  Didn't know it previously, but I can see that it's near 3.5' gauge.  It will be worth looking for future videos of it lifting some tonnage.

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Posted by NorthWest on Monday, July 09, 2018 3:48 PM

Looks good. Glad that they got it running again.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Monday, July 09, 2018 6:05 PM

So that's the legendary "Red Devil!"  Oh so cool!

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Posted by kgbw49 on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 8:03 PM

Here is the Red Devil in 2002 pulling a healthy string of varnish.

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