Another loco has now joined the fleet in the form of an LMS compound 4-4-0. Steve is in the process of altering this chap from right to lefthand drive and has already moved the reversing rod and vac ejector. In the fullness of time this will eventually have coal rails fitted and be re-painted in BR lined black to represent one of the 6 or so that were shedded at Chester in the `50s.
On a more modern note, 58047 has emerged from hibernation to have a blast round with the MGR rake. Having not turned a wheel since last September it grumbled a little at first but soon got hold of those heavy Skytrex HAAâ€™s and settled down to a steady 45mph. Very nice.
A small building, picked up cheap from a swapmeet is always a challenge for Steve. A little card built shop has been tucked in a small corner of the layout that seems to have become a breeding ground for little cameo scenes.
Along with Mouseyâ€™s Garage, (Mousey being Steveâ€™s mechanic friend) it has been installed next to the line of terraced houses which gained the unfortunate name of Rillington Place.
Itâ€™s now â€œa local shop for local peopleâ€â€¦â€¦.sorry Steve!
Is that Tubbs and Edward on the steps?...................Next stop Royston Vasey!