Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Atlantic Report No1: Midlands Show...

Hi guys. So, on this wet Wednesday afternoon, I returned from work and collected the new engine: No4436: ready for display at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition, which begins tomorrow. Regular readers will know that my club: CMES: has a stand there every year, as do most other clubs. The Coventry stand is organised by Mike, who takes great pride in putting on a good, varied display of locomotives and tooling in varying degrees of build from the bare frames to the fully operational. When he had learned of the possibility of the 'Maisie', he had expressed interest straight away for the stand, as a different engine that hasn't been on there before is always good. "Achilles" was naturally offered too, but she did appear last year and, allas, two years before that too. So, 'Maisie' (or 4436 as the good lady prefers, so as to avoid confusion) it was. The engine was dropped off at around 5pm this evening and took up her place on the stands front row, alongside Ron's impressively modified Super Simplex and Geoff's Class 08 electric. The engine will remain here on display until pick-up on Sunday night. As soon as she arrived I received many positive comments about her, which is always nice. Many remarks about the shine of her livery, similar to those that come about the tankee's brass dome cover, were made in various comical ways: oh what fun! I am still very pleased with how the locomotive has turned out and I only hope that she will run just as well. Naturally, in time honoured fashion, the blog will be kept up to date via the sister report to the "Achilles Report": the "Atlantic Report". All the best guys, Sam...

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