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Specially designed for the Chile market . . .our 4hp portable.
Our Garrett portable at the Strawberries and Steam Event at Lotmead Farm, Swindon. This is her first year on the rally field after being repatriated from Chile in May 2007 by ourselves.
Our Garrett portable on Sunday 9th March 2008. Just ready for her steam test. Below I've out linned a bit of her history and a few pictures of what we have done with her over the last year.
Adam Meredith has now applied the two transfers - one is the 'Garrett' one depicting the lioness, the second is a transfer of the Chilean flag that Adam has re-created using the works photographs. Hopefully it is something a little different and how she was exported from new.
Garrett 35313 was built 7th November 1929 as a 4 hp single cylinder. It was one of a new design for Garretts designated as "The Chile Portables". A very good account of the portable export trade is given in Mr. R.A. Whiteheads book 'Garrett portable and stationary engines'.
From his text I understand that Mr. Garrett visited Chile in 1926 and took orders for several portables. A new design was not available for the 1928 delivery so through the A.G.E. partnership, Davey Paxman engines were supplied re-badged as Garretts for 1928 orders. The new 'Chile' design was only avaibale for the 1929 delivery onwards and this engine is one of those.
This was deemed 'very good series' and is the only Garrett portable to incorporate a foundation ring (rather than a z-ring) in the firebox. Another interesting feature is the main bearing design incorporating a chain system that draws oil from a 'sump' in the bearing housings up onto the crank. The gauge frame design was also particularly requested.
In Chile A.G.E used the agents G.H.Caistor of Temuco who worked in conjunction with W.H Cullington of Buenos Aires and it was supplied through them.
It went directly to a customer in Curacatin, 10 km north east of Temuco. This is less than 20km from the Argentinian border, in the foot hills of the Andes. The 'good' water from the mountains probably accounts for the condition of the boiler. She worked all her life in this sawmill for the same family. The logs were apparently sawn on a larger Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies engine and this Garrett was used for the finishing or redimensionning of the timber. She was also used to remove the bark once the planks had been cut.
She was purchased by David & Michele Goddard and arrived in the UK in May 2007. So we are the second owners since new !
I have been told that only 5 others of this design of portable that survive; 35425 in the UK, 22943 and 26780 in Australia; 28689 in Germany and 31379 in France.
The only items missing were the ashpan and chimney and a few lubricator lids. The specification sheet, which was availbale through the Suffolk Records Office, was a mine of information. Drawings were available and are beautifully detailed. So construction of these items can be exactly what Garrett originally produced. The main area needing attention was the front smokebox, end of barrell and the tubeplate.
The new smokebox was manufactured. Note that on this engine the smokebox door ring is actually part of the smokebox itself. Also at the barrell end the smokebox flares inwards to meet the barrell diameter. In some engines a spacer ring is used.
Luckily the engine is small and fits in the greenhouse - here she got new tubes fitted and a photo after the hydraulic testing of the boiler.
Partially painted and awaiting the crank to be put in again. There is alot of cleaning of components, refurbishment, reassembly and of course paint !
We decided that we wanted her to resemble, as best possible, the state when she left Leiston. We have used details of the colours found on her and some information provided by Richard Willcox as well as some works photographs from Michael Walters to line out the engine. This has been done by Adam Meredith. The results speak for themselves. She looks fabulous !
All we need now is a bit of good sunshine so we can get her outside for some better photographs and of course some steam.