Sunday, 8 July 2012
"The Hielan Lassie"
She's arrived! My Hielan Lassie, a part complete locomotive purchase from eBay, was picked up and delivered to Copley Hill this afternoon. I am over the moon - it's the closest I've got to owning my own steam locomotive; and being in the form of a Thompson Pacific is rather tasty!
The valve gear needs work but is largely complete. It's a three cylinder Hielan Lassie, and not a two cylinder as I've found on a few of them, so the intention is to complete it as LBSC intended, more or less.
The boiler is surprisingly complete, but will need lots of work to complete. I may yet tender this out to a trained boiler smith as I'm not confident I'd be able to complete it myself.
Overall, I'm just delighted with it. Over the moon!
I will be announcing a competition for naming this "Unnamed Engine" in conjunction with the release of Tale of the Unnamed Engine on the 15th July. Prizes likely to be book related!
Until next time.