I have been "manically busy" for the last year or so on our
business so I haven't had much time to work on POEM.
However, the replacement cranks are almost done and she's
nearly ready for a steam test.
A lot of people have suggested simply replacing the Allan
straight-link valve motion with Walschaerts. There is
nothing inherently wrong with Allan motion (plenty of
full-size locos used it successfully), so I intend to
persevere with it.
The piece of land is now ours and we're already talking to a
builder about the house.
This is the view out to the river; more or less what you'll
see from the train
Pip has given me the "all clear" to start planning a railway
to go around the land. Little did she know that I was way
ahead of her!