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2" Burrell Showmans

Thetford town



Year Built: 1970
Steam Certificate Expiry:
Hydraulic Expiry:
Location: Hadleigh, Suffolk




We are pleased to offer for sale this very well built 2" Burrell Showmans based on the Thetford Town designs.  Often areas of these engines are somewhat simplified for ease of build but this is not the case with this example, clearly the work of an experienced engineer the fit and finish of the motion work is to a high standard. Little details such as the lock-nuts and split pins on the eccentrics just show the level of time and effort that has gone into the build of this engine.

From letters included in the file it is understood the Burrell won at least 2 awards at model engineering shows, the first shortly after completion in 1971 at the Stafford Exhibition and the second at the Midland Federation Exhibition in 1981, where it received the Jack Brown Trophy for best engine in show. 

As is often the case, the engine has spent most of its life as a display piece and done very little work. The paintwork is generally in very good condition, for the perfectionist a couple of touch ups may be required but a colour-matched tin of paint is provided from Craftmaster. 

The engine is fitted with a copper boiler but does not currently have any paperwork, should you require a steam test please contact us to discuss options. It has been steamed in recent years and the current owners conducted their own hydraulic test with no issues found before being put on display.

If you plan on using the engine rather than keeping it as a show piece some minor jobs and recommissioning will be required, the main one being the re-gluing of the rubber tyres to the rims as some have come loose. A driving trolley is also included in the sale. 

While with us the engine has taken up residence in our living room as it seemed a shame to put it out of sight in storage, its a lovely thing to have and I often find myself looking over it in more detail when i should be doing other things!

Carriage and export can be arranged, and we would be happy to consider a part exchange.

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