Mountaineer was one of 100 locomotives built by American Locomotive Company (Alco) at their Cooke works in 1916 (works number 57156) for the British War Department Light Railways (WDLR). It worked as number 1265 in France during the First World War. Little is known of the engine’s early history but it moved to the Ffestiniog Railway on 2nd Nov 1967, where she was steamed and entered service the following weekend. She has been rebuilt several times into a reliable locomotive with oil firing (1972), superheating and piston valves, and fitted with the new SB3 boiler in 1983. February 2006 saw her last weekend in service on the FR and she is now stored, waiting the money and time to overhaul her back to her former glory. The loco is named after one of the original England engines and the nameplates are replicas of the originals. The bell from the original Mountaineer also survives and is fitted on special occasions.
Our model depicts her as running just prior to removal from service in 2006 and is fitted with a cowling up the rear of the chimney which covers the steam exhaust from the ejector. This cowling can be omitted from the model if required but will be fitted as standard unless specifically requested otherwise.
Technical specifications for ‘Mountaineer’.
- Internal gas firing using our ‘FG’ type burner.
- Outside framed 2-6-2 chassis with two double acting slide valve cylinders operated by simplified Walschaerts type valve gear.
- Water top-up system and water gauge.
- Controls fitted as standard are :- steam regulator, safety valve, pressure gauge, displacement lubricator, gas regulator and reversing gear.
- Glazed cab windows.
- Dimensions (loading gauge) are, Length 370mm over buffers, Width 110mm, Height 145mm, Weight 3.9 Kg. (with Radio Control fitted).
- Full radio control is available for both regulator and reversing valve gear using 2.4GHz R/C.
- A gauge conversion kit is available separately to allow changing between 32mm and 45mm gauge. Please state gauge when ordering.
- Fitted with insulated wheels as standard.
- Supplied with etched brass name and works plates.
- Available in any standard ROUNDHOUSE colour but also in the grey WD livery with white markings and number 1265, as painted by the FR.The model is supplied as standard with the boiler and domes painted the same colour as the body. If you require them to be different colours e.g. black boiler and domes with green body, please specify this at the time of ordering.