Shelf is, somewhat inevitably, the home to a group of local railway and other transport enthusiasts. The pride of the group is of course, their S160. The engine remains in its original, free-steaming and first-class condition, and has recently had a new boiler. The group is pleased with the low cost of the new boiler. They saved a lot of money by making it themselves from up-cycled waste materials, and the relaxed regulatory framework means they do not need to get a boiler certificate. The group also has a class E1 engine similar to the ones used on the Isle of Wight, a Bristol Lodekka bus, and an enviable selection of Bulleid coaches.
The group seems to be concentrating its efforts on prototypes found also on the Southern region of British Railways. This might, just possibly, let me build a Southern layout one day.
"1 June 2012 - errors and omissions excepted"