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RevStew19/11/2018 18:08:23
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Well people, I'm all of a dither.

Money burning a hole and I want to crack on and build something, 3 1/2 gauge maximum. My local track has that as their smallest gauge.

I love Ayesha, but being 6 feet 3 and 18 stone (and looking to loose two stone) I think she'd have trouble pulling me about. I'm mainly looking to pull either me, or 1 other pax.

I like the 'early' looking locos in 3 1/2 Northumbrian, Cantubury Lamb, Rainhill etc, but again, maybe a big ask for a little machine.

I like Maisie, but not for the beginner? But then, if I'm pouring time and money, it may as well be in a more capable loco?

Penny for your thoughts?

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JasonB19/11/2018 18:25:23
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I' m not a Loco man but the early engines may just spin their single driven wheels and certainly need added balast for all but the feather weights.

Don't know if there are any narrow gauge loco designs in 3.5" as that will give you a bigger loco for the same track width.

SillyOldDuffer19/11/2018 18:28:30
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I sympathise. I used to eat whatever I wanted and stay skinny. It didn't last! Now I appear to be heavily pregnant and am an embarrassment to my family. My problem is that cake and TV are enjoyable while exercise is a sweaty pain and a waste of time. I urgently need a good incentive to lose weight and haven't found one.

I suggest building your first love Ayesha. Apart from the calories burnt lugging a heavy engine about, having to get rid of some flab so you can ride her in comfort will be a marvellous incentive. I envy you the opportunity.



Steambuff19/11/2018 18:36:19
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I have a Conway and currently building a Lilla (Both 3 1/2 Gauge) ... Both are Narrow Gauge Hunslet designs, and are quite large, they will both have no problem pulling you and a few extra passengers. (Conway might be the easier one to build and was serialized in ME back in 1980, Lilla was serialized in EIM)


RevStew19/11/2018 18:54:38
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Well chaps, I'm pretty keen on it being an LBSC design, and not really a lover of narrow gauge, so It's Ayesha in the running so far, although I'd have to drive further to run it, although in that gauge theres always the option of a garden track, if I win the lotto....

IanT19/11/2018 20:20:07
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I don't know where you are RS - but if it's in the UK, then you can of course run on someone else's Garden Railway.... so you do not have to build your own railway (although you don't need to win the Lottery to do so either).

We call it Gauge '3' - and one or two of our Members are about your size (must be all that Tea & Cake at our Garden-Get-Togethers!)

Have a look here:

( and please feel free to use the 'Contacts & Questions' page if you would like to know any more )



Redsetter19/11/2018 20:21:37
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Juliet is often overlooked nowadays - simple, and powerful for its size, though the construction series is not one of LBSC's most detailed. Martin Evans' Rob Roy is another one to consider and has a detailed construction book.

J Hancock20/11/2018 12:17:55
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Just my thoughts.

Try to choose a design with outside cylinders /steam chest /valve gear.

Speak to as many people as possible that have built it before.

Make sure that you have discovered ALL the important drawing errors before drilling/cutting holes, etc.

I can assure you drawing errors on old designs have NOT been corrected.

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