This item is in West Yorkshire, pick up only and cash on collection.
A small, Gents Waiting Train movement with original, oak support bench.
I have brightened, cropped and sharpened the seller's original images in PhotoFiltre.
This one (the dial) needs cleaning and possibly re-silvering. Do not use abrasives or metal polish to clean the dial! The engraving must remain undamaged. A competent, antique clock repairer can re-silver the dial if necessary. Just ensure they aren't the sort of ham-fisted butcher who uses coarse sandpaper to "clean" the surface first! They should be asked to match the original grain and its texture but only if it absolutely necessary to re-grain the dial. Don't take the dial anywhere near a high street jewellers! Most haven't a clue about restoring antique clocks let alone dials.
It seems a shame if a WT does not drive the hands of even a modest dial. Fibreglass dial replicas and reproduction hands are all readily available in a wide range of sizes. There is no need to wait for an original, vintage dial and hands to come up for sale. A dial can be applied to a gable end, barn, stable or workshop to taste. Or even mounted on a wall indoors as part of an active WT display.
Do not use powerful solvents to clean the movement. They are completely unnecessary. A cloth, toothbrush or paintbrush and washing up liquid in warm water may be all that is required. Rubber gloves and protective goggles are very desirable.
I carefully dismantled my own movement and used odourless paraffin. (Oil lamp fuel) Turpentine substitute would do just as well. (domestic oil-based paint thinners) Followed by a careful wash in washing up liquid, in warm water, to aid drying. Paper towels to finish. This extra work was necessary to remove old oil stains. While they may be part of the history of the movement I preferred a slightly cleaner look for the living room.
There are a lot of half minutes in a day and they all add up! 2880 to be exact. Multiply by (say) a 2 seconds pause = 5760 seconds/60 (minutes). Which means a WT, without a controlling master clock, will run at least 96 minutes fast per day! This seems rather unlikely and I have never checked if this is true. Nevertheless a WT was never intended as an accurate timepiece. It is really just a powerful, slowly rotating electric motor with external speed control.
A 2 rpm synchronous motor with a projecting pin actuating a micro-switch could be substituted for a master clock. Though a matching Gents Pulsynetic master clock is much more desirable to the collector. These master clocks can often be found on eBay(UK). There seems to be no shortage of these rugged and reliable master clocks. Only the early ones seem to attract collectors and higher prices at the moment. The usual Pulsynetic clocks are very affordable indeed. Though they can be a bit noisy for a quiet home. Don't confuse the Pulsynetic with a PO36 master clock. The latter won't provide the ideal short, clean 1/2 minute pulse. Even though they were often made by Gents. (amongst others)
Suitably thick, clear polycarbonate, or perspex, can be cemented, folded, or even heat welded very neatly, by an expert. Again the edges would need to be polished first to achieve a neat finish. Reasonably thick glass resting on felt would block more noise than plastic due to its much greater mass. Though a holes (or holes) would be necessary to drive the hands of a dial.
Oil all the obvious pivots (including the rear inaccessible ones with a drop of oil on a needle tip) with turret clock oil. Easily available on eBay(UK). Or just use bicycle oil for a movement which is well cared for in a clean, domestic setting. Wipe away any excess oil with a tissue.
The suspension bearings should be re-greased. Though this would require the bearing cover plates to be removed from the top casting. If the old grease is found to be hardened it should be flushed out with a solvent/degreaser. Then replaced with a modern, quality grease. Use a good quality, well fitting screwdriver to remove any screws but only if really necessary. Damaging the screw slots is considered bad form and reduces the value and originality of the movement. Original BA screws are very hard to find these days of metric mediocrity and uniformity.
Note: The WT movement runs on 20 Volts DC
Plug-in power supplies for these DC voltages are readily available. Charity shops are sometimes an excellent source. Many of these outlets have a box or two of these "Wallwarts" offering a whole variety of voltages. Both DC and AC. Good eyesight, or a lens, may help in deciphering the small text usually printed on the applied label.
A WT movement should never be connected directly to the mains electricity! Not only would lethal voltages appear on naked metal parts but the coils would be severely damaged! Probably leading to a fire!
The auction closed on £1,230 reserve not met! Ouch!
Click on any image for an enlargement.