Help for the new Steam loco

Hi All

I have jus bought a Simplex loco

I will be looking for someone to mentor me in the dark art of loco firing & driving

My simplex comes with a set of irons and  Boiler paperwork

What else should I be asking Santa for to get me running ?

would it be appropriate to bring my new toy to the Steam day on the 1or 2 January

Looking forward to your reply’s

Merry Christmas


Andy Booth



looking for a curve maker

Hi All

I’m planning to lay a temporary track in July for my parents 60th wedding anniversary do , I need to manufacture 20″ rad 5″ gauge curved track 60 ft of it . thinking of using 3/4 X 1/4 ( 20 X 6 mm ) flat steel , welded to flat  bar sleepers ( 1″x/18 )

Dose anyone have a roller ( curve maker ) I can borrow / hire

or surgestions

Andy Booth

Looking for Advice

Hi All

I am a new member and I am looking for advice about a 5 inch gauge  steam loco to build

I have  engineering skills with  a mill and lathe ect at home

I am looking for a straight forward build not a monster project , so a 040 or 060  to pull me and the 2 grand kids round the track .

This is to learn to drive and understand the workings steam engines.

Advice on books & magazines  to read will be very welcome as well