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On the Earl/Countess, why is there blanking plug on the pressure gauge banjo?

posted 7 Mar 2010, 03:25 by John St James   [ updated 7 Mar 2010, 03:51 ]
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Here is is from another angle. It's on the top left of the picture below and serves no obvious purpose. The Lawley and Caradoc don't have it. It's obviously for a steam take-off of some sort and very handy too. Just not sure exactly what for. For example a nice little servo-controlled dummy draincock valve would be possible but I very much doubt if Accucraft are in the business of adding neat little extras like that. A take-off for the whistle would be possible but the DJB whistle has its own banjo. Maybe Accucraft were intending to add a whistle?