My latest acquisition, from Kevin’s estate, is this ever-so-cute B&O 0-4-0 and tender. (I think it’s actually their B&O Dockside with tender and without the saddle tank.)
Despite it being advertised as missing a few pieces, it was easy to get it into running condition, as the video shows.
One word to the wise about older engines acquired from an estate. This loco didn’t seem to be using much steam oil, so I joked to Jerry that maybe the oil was so old it had congealed. After the run, I put it on the bench and opened the lubricator top and drain - a little water came out (good) but the oil level didn’t drop (bad.)
So I stuck a screwdriver into the oil and got out a gooey, thick mass plus some ordinary steam oil. No wonder it wasn’t using oil. I wiped out as much as I could find and filled the lubricator with hot water. Now it is sitting on my bench with the bottom valve open draining the last dregs out. Seems to be pretty clean.