4" Alfred Dodman SCC
We are pleased to offer for sale this absolute beauty of an engine, a real head turner in its bright red livery this rare Alfred Dodman SCC goes as well as she looks. Built by a time-served engineer with a particularly good eye for then finishing details it is one of the finest engines we have had in.
You would easily be forgiven for not knowing the Alfred Dodman name, the short story is they were a machinery manufacturer based in Kings Lynn who built a handful of engines, one being a Single Crank Compound built around 1893 of which this model is based on. Unfortunately, the engine was broken up shortly after as Burrells threatened the company with litigation claiming it infringed on the copyright of their SCC design. It is a shame the design was squashed as if the full size is anything like the miniature it would have been a cracking engine and dare I say it….better than the equivalent Burrell. It has some of the lovely design features of the earlier Traction Engines such as the large open gears and wooden front axle.
The Dodman comes out a large engine, it sits taller than equivalent scale Garrett or Foster but is overall slightly shorter. With the SCC cylinder block at the front its well weighted down meaning minimal risk of popping a wheelie. On the road it is simply an awesome machine, the large driving wheels, generous gearing and balanced crank means it is quick, much quicker than any other 4” 2-speed engine we have driven, not quite 3 speed road loco speeds but not far off! Being a single crank compound, it has buckets of power.
The commercially made boiler runs at 160psi, it is water feed by a crankshaft driven pump and reliable steam injector. It has a large deep firebox so once hot is very free steaming and easy to get on with.
As you might of guessed we are really impressed with this engine for how well it goes but it is also beautifully built and finished, workmanship is to a very high standard throughout and we are sure anyone who comes to see it will not be disappointed.
As always, the engine comes with everything you need to run; coal, oil, firing irons and a days tuition. There is also a 4 wheel Traction Trailer in matching livery available subject to separate negotiation.
For any further details please do not hesitate to contact us, part exchange of all steam and vintage vehicles welcomed.