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Compared to most people, I am building the SLR "backwards". As of July 2002, I have just received my first item of rolling stock - a 4-wheel chassis. I have no locos and do not belong to a club, but I am building a track. Confused? All will become clear.
When I visited Paul Middleton of Ride on Railways (hereafter RoR) for his Open Day in May 2002 (see above), I spent much of the day running one of his TROJAN locos round the line. TROJAN is Paul's own design and I must say I was mightily impressed - except that, frankly, I thought the body looked pretty ugly. Speaking to Paul he expressed an interest in working with me to produce a more "narrow gauge feel" body. I basically told him that when he had one ready, I'd buy it, no question. TROJAN is a powerful little loco and will be well suited to the gradients on my line. I am therefore keen to get my hands on one.
Some time in the future I will get a steam loco too (probably a Maxitrak Pearl or Arthur). Right at the beginning of my investigations I happened to visit Maxitrak just as they had a 5" Hunslet quarry loco secondhand. It was a lovely loco and just what I wanted. However someone effectively bought it out from under my nose, but I couldn't really afford it anyway. Talk about lousy timing, just what I wanted (and a good price too), but had I bought it, I couldn't have afforded anywhere to run it for months! Oh well, perhaps another one will show up when I do have the money.
After some debate with my neighbours, they agreed that a simple wood-panel fence would be better than the laurel hedge that is there at the moment. Strictly speaking that particular boundary is mine, so I could just take the hedge out whether they liked it or not, but it does no harm whatsoever to keep the peace with the neighbours.
I've been working on my only piece of rolling stock (so far). A drop-side open wagon, sort-of your typical British style open wagon. It is coming along well. I'm building it on one of RoR's unsprung 4-wheel chassis. 5" gauge is great, nice and chunky!