Tom_tom, I will get to braze up my boiler, soonish, but I will wait till I have a good free weekend so I can approach it with full energy and clear space, thus I will do a good job of brazing up my first boiler and enjoy this journey.tom_tom_go wrote: ↑Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:45 pmNot sure why if I have ever driven a real train is relevant here? I haven't, and the prototype doesn't interest me as I just like running model trains outside. The one preservation group I did apporach was very clicky.
My point was that your life cannot be that hectic where you cannot find a hour to steam test. Surely this is something you would want to perform on a new loco to make sure it works within it's warranty period?
Anyway, back on topic I am interested in the super heater when you install it Dazza.
I am also still working full time and self employed and that can leave one a drained at the end of a 10-12 hour day in the bike making workshop. This week's evenings has seen me sliding into the arm chair with my new book and I am nodding off in 10 mins.
As for preservation groups, like most clubs, one can have a bad experience which can be down to just luck on who you first meet. Every club or group have the curmudgeons or those who feel threatened or pontificate to boast their self esteem, which is just simple unpleasant. Heritage railways also has it fairs share of egos ! Some times one just has to move on and try another group. Like I have in the last 12 months. The workshop and train crew at the Mary Valley Rattler are a nice bunch of lasses and fellas and it is nice. I am living the dream, I wish I did not have to earn an income and thus I could live the dream deeper. The hobby of railways, be it full size, or models and Model engineering is about doing it as you feel free and wish to do. There is no right or wrong way. Just do it and forget living or doing it for others judgment. In all , it is a first world problem to have .