Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Atlantic Report No9: A Faultless Performance...

Hi all. Tonight saw another 'Third Wednesday' outing for my 3.5" gauge LBSC Maisie Atlantic. Our destination, as usual, was the Ryton Pools track of my home club: CMES. There isn't really much to say about this evening. We arrived at just gone 6pm to find some engines already steaming up on the bay. My engine had however already been filled with water and prepared for lighting via the laying of a wood base across the grate. A lit match was soon used to ignite the soaking wood, closely followed by the switching on of the electric blower. No4436 duly steamed up and joined Dave's 3.5" gauge Mongoliper on the track. Being a small engine with such a large combustion chamber in the boiler, "Maisie" steams up quite quickly for her size. Once on the track her performance was, for want of a better word, faultless. She steamed well, pulled well and generally flew into the corners and marched along the straights. I ran for around 90 minutes before retiring after a very pleasant and successful little outing. The loco had run very well indeed and I'm very pleased with her. Its so refreshing to have no maintenance jobs to do, apart from the usual cleaning and polishing. For now, 4436 is back on the bench whilst shed-mate "Achilles" is continuing to undergo some more heavy surgery. Best Regards, Sam...

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