An Irish Peacock
by Neil Ramsay
Okay, strictly speaking, not IOM, but WOW!! Pictures courtesy of Neil Ramsay of his Ballymena and Larne Beyer 2-4-0T, DJB Engineering loco......... lovely!
Some background info
Model built 1994 modified from batch of IOM Beyers. This is the first loco David Bailey built with the sloping smokebox.
Internally meths fired with axle pump feed from tanks.
Proper Stephenson's valve gear with scale reversing lever (fiddly - I never use!)
60psi working pressure.
Originally supplied in LMS NCC crimson lake - repainted by me in Belfast and Northern Counties and Midland Railway NCC livery of invisible green after boiler failure last year.
Differences from Manx Peacocks
Slightly larger tanks with 2ft 10 diameter boiler.
Lower roof profile (less curvature).
Sandboxes on tank fronts.
Retained Salter valves and bell mouthed dome.
Handrails fitted from knobs on boiler sides to a bracket connecting tops of tanks.
Steel tool chest on tank top.
Built as no.4 for Ballymena and Larne railway in 1880 (maker's no 1828).
Renumbered BNCR 64 in 1889 and 105 in 1897 - plates show 105.
Sold in 1928 to Castlederg and Victoria Bridge tramway.
Probably scrapped 1934