5" gauge 'Metre Maid'

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5" gauge 'Metre Maid'

Post by tom_tom_go » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:40 pm

I snapped up this loco recently from SRS, it was posted on their site one morning and I had bought it before lunch time:

https://www.stationroadsteam.com/5-inch ... code-8639/

As it says in the description on the SRS site, a 'Metre Maid' is the 0-6-0 variant of 'Sweet Pea' which is probably the most popular model loco ever designed in 5" gauge.

Once the loco is delivered I will decide if I will keep her as a 'Metre Maid' (not sure about the tender yet) or scale her up to a larger narrow gauge looking loco (more like a Sweet Pea but an 0-6-0 variant like the below loco which was sold a while back from SRS):

https://www.stationroadsteam.com/5-inch ... code-6209/

Here is a short video I found on YouTube of a 'Metre Maid' to give you an idea of what a finished loco in steam looks and runs like although my one is built with Hackworth valve gear:



I plan to document here her time with me if it is of interest.

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Re: 5" gauge 'Metre Maid'

Post by Busted Bricks » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:34 pm

Congratulations, that's a very nice loco. I'm sure you will get a lot of enjoyment out of that.

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Re: 5" gauge 'Metre Maid'

Post by idlemarvel » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:37 pm

Wow that looks amazing. I'm sure you will have a great time with it. Please document what you do. I don't think I could get an 0-6-0 on my 9 ft radius curves :(
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Re: 5" gauge 'Metre Maid'

Post by dewintondave » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:18 pm

Very nice Tom!
Best wishes,
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Re: 5" gauge 'Metre Maid'

Post by tom_tom_go » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:50 am

Given the quality of workmanship and the price paid (cost less than most 16mm scale coal fired and even gas fired locos now) I am quite chuffed despite it not being quite what I wanted appearance wise (but it can be made to look narrow gauge like a Sweet Pea as the parts are interchangeable).

Blackgates Engineering do all the bits I need which has made me realise you don't have to be a skilled machinist with a fully kitted workshop to get along in the world of larger ride on railways:

http://www.blackgates.co.uk/

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Re: 5" gauge 'Metre Maid'

Post by idlemarvel » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:32 pm

Hmmm. They do a 0-4-0 Sweet Pea as well, and there is one (I think) on ebay. Mustn't be tempted...
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Re: 5" gauge 'Metre Maid'

Post by tom_tom_go » Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:49 pm

I would not want to take the risk in this scale buying a loco off eBay.

Most of the locos up for auction don't state they have a valid steam and hydraulic test or the locos steam test is about to expire (which means it will fail the steam test hence why they are selling it).

If you are serious about buying a loco then I would keep an eye on the SRS website as they don't sell crap, they offer a 14 day return policy and their prices are fair compared to other suppliers and even private sellers.

My loco should be arriving tomorrow!

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Re: 5" gauge 'Metre Maid'

Post by idlemarvel » Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:35 pm

Thanks for the advice. I wasn't serious about the eBay purchase. If I ever did get into live steam I probably wouldn't start at 5" gauge!
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Re: 5" gauge 'Metre Maid'

Post by tom_tom_go » Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:19 pm

It's arrived!

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Re: 5" gauge 'Metre Maid'

Post by idlemarvel » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:26 am

Well if nothing else it is well packed! :)
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