Today I mailed the down payment for a live steam Roundhouse Darjeeling Beyer-Garrett in maroon finish plus nameplates that read Aragorn. Since Aragorn was the character in The Return of the King who eventually became the king of Gondor, I think this is a fitting name for the Brandywine & Gondor Railroad’s largest and most powerful locomotive. I have been saving for years to buy this locomotive.
Has anyone on these forums had any experience with live steam Beyer-Garretts? I am hoping the valve gear will not be too fiddley. I would hate to have a locomotive try to pull itself apart or crush itself. I read once in Trains magazine that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rebuilt a Turkish Beyer-Garrett, but did not get the valve gear right, and it tried to pull itself apart!
Best, David Meashey