Tuesday, 15 May 2012

ALRC Locomotive No 7: Nelson

Nelson was built in late 2011 early 2012 in the ALR’s workshops to a freelance design following the principles of ‘Spuggy’, the loco built by the Halifax Club which visited the ALR in 2011. The loco which has a bolted 5“ x 3” (125m x 75 mm) channel mild steel chassis with 6” (150mm) diameter steel wheels, is powered by a 5hp Loncin single cylinder, electric start, 4 stroke petrol engine, coupled to an Eaton hydrostatic drive transmitted to the wheel axles via a 2:1 ratio chain sequence. The loco body is fabricated from aluminium alloy with a stainless steel front grille, and fitted with doors for engine access. The loco is fitted with a two tone horn powered by a small compressor and has front and rear lights. The loco, Number 7 in the ALRC fleet, is owned by three of the ALRC members and is named ‘Nelson’ to give it a local ‘flavour’.