Merlin Midas MKIII

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Merlin Midas MKIII

Post by cbruno_fr » Fri Apr 26, 2024 5:04 pm

Hello,
Happy to reach your forum, sorry for my english, i'm french :D (i didn't see if i can introduce myself somewhere in the forum)
i've just bought this little Merlin 060
Someone here got the same or another Merlin like this ?
i you have advice about that, i'm a total newbie ;)

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Re: Merlin Midas MKIII

Post by drewzero1 » Fri Apr 26, 2024 6:39 pm

Welcome! We have an introduction section here: https://gardenrails.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=32

Feel free to tell us a little about yourself, your rail interests, and your railway/aspirations over there!

As for the Merlin, I'll have to defer to the live steam folks. It's very pretty, I think the red suits it well! :thumbup:

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Re: Merlin Midas MKIII

Post by invicta280 » Fri Apr 26, 2024 10:35 pm

Merlin locos seem to have a charm of their own.
You are very fortunate to own such a loco. Please show us more.

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Re: Merlin Midas MKIII

Post by Old Man Aaron » Sun Apr 28, 2024 4:37 pm

Real pretty little thing that. Welcome, by the way :)
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Re: Merlin Midas MKIII

Post by ge_rik » Mon Apr 29, 2024 7:12 am

That's an attractive looking loco. Very nice!

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Re: Merlin Midas MKIII

Post by big-ted » Wed May 01, 2024 9:21 pm

Interesting. This looks like a Major above the running boards, but with outside frames, the Beck wheels, and updated valve gear?

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Re: Merlin Midas MKIII

Post by georgesheppard » Thu May 02, 2024 3:45 pm

My guess it's a Merlin from pretty early on in their history. I've not seen a Midas with this body before but afaik they are 0-4-0/2 whereas this is 0-6-0?

It looks to have a Beck Chassis/Valves etc but the body work/boiler is distinctively Merlin. Something in between the Mayflower/Major and what I assume are the first Merlin sold locomotives:

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Another thread on early Merlin locomotives: https://gardenrails.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10424

A video of an early Merlin/Beck which has similar buffers to this one:


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Re: Merlin Midas MKIII

Post by georgesheppard » Thu May 02, 2024 3:48 pm

For reference, here is my Major:

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And my Mayflower:

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Re: Merlin Midas MKIII

Post by ax1709cjm » Mon May 13, 2024 9:03 am

The chassis and bodywork looks pure Merlin Maestro to me. I have one with a beck boiler (with the regulator valve mounted on the boiler) but yours looks to have a later boiler, so I'm not sure whether it's still a Maestro or not...

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Re: Merlin Midas MKIII

Post by ax1709cjm » Mon May 13, 2024 12:26 pm

And here is a shot of my Merlin Maestro 'Betelgeuse' in action:
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