This one really has been a long time coming! The Crownline kit has a 'checked' date on the box of 1997. I've had it 'in progress' for almost five years and most of the last two it has been in the naughty box threatening to be drop kicked out of the window. I'd left it socially isolating in south Cambridgeshire with one of my friends so long he was probably going to start charging rent. It looks like it I last mentioned it on this blog almost two years ago. The kit came back home in a socially distanced exchange and continued to taunt me in its box over Christmas.
I finally managed to crack the pull rods for the sandboxes which had been the most recent stumbling block, moved on to the cab foot-steps and finally progressed onto the front buffer beams, coupling hook and lamp-irons. Net result was that I was finally able to reassemble the locomotive into almost finished condition. I've still got the locomotive brake pull rods to attend to but I'm very happy with the progress.
It is fair to say this locomotive is a beast, probably the largest 0-6-0 locomotives at the time. Built to haul the G.E.R. coal trains down the joint line from Lincoln I expect mine to find service on the early morning 'empties to Whitemoor' freight.
Hopefully it won't be another two years before I write more about this.