“Hi Al , Just uploaded part 8 of my new Model Railway Layout , all starting to take shape now , getting a nice run round now with the trains
I do love it when folk who work on the engines get in touch, and paint a powerful picture in a few words.
Here’s Mark’s response to the Flying Scotsman post:
I too am a fireman on the 3716 out of Summerland B.C. She is a 101 year old 2-8-0 Consolidation class steam. Right now I and my colleagues are tearing down the ol girl for winter servicing and I completely agree with a love hate relationship with these engines. Right now its cleaning the smoke box…my wife didnt recognize me when I got home because I was covered in black soot.
They are a lot of work but once there done and your up in that seat with the rails flying along under your wheels its exhilarating.I wouldnt trade these cold, dirty, wet, greasy, oily, dirt choked, soot covered, cramped, back breaking, head banging, blood letting..days for anything..
That’s all this time. Please do keep them coming. And don’t forget, now’s the time to save a fortune with the ebay cheat sheet.