GCR class 8B 4-4-2 Atlantic no. 1086

Jersey Lily 1086
GCR class 8B 4-4-2 Atlantic no. 1086. Built from scratch by Walter (Wally) West using non-insulated wheels turned from extremely good castings, probably by Miller, Swan & Co. The split axles and insulated spacers between the frames allow power to be collected from the tender wheels, via sprung plungers mounted on the front face of the tender, connecting with contact faces on the back of the loco. A system that I have never seen the like of before. All brake blocks are made from non conductive material to eliminate shorting across the brake rigging. All loco driving and tender axles have sprung hornblocks. Superbly painted (in 1980 at a cost of £36) by Les Richards in fully lined GCR passenger livery.