Hi, as a younger man, I was interested in steam locomotives - full size, 5 inch guage, OO etc.
I am starting to have a little more time and grandchildren with some interest in the OO at least.
I have space for a workshop and so far a pillar drill and some hand tools.
I am interested in a reliable and proven design with a well defined set of plans at 5 inch guage. I note that some plans have several different corrections and versions - not averse to versions and detailing, but interested in designs that have a fair amount of agreement on how to build them.
Designs that have caught my eye so far tend to be GWR or industrial e.g. Pansy, Speedy, Sweet Pea.
I would welcome suggestions for suitable locos.
I'm aware of the Bristol Track and model engineering society, and would look to join as a member at some time going forward. The track was under threat by the council last year, and hope that resolves.
I've heard the Sweet Pea makes a good first engine, but I didn't follow my own advice there....
If you ever trek as far south as Westbury, Wiltshire, you would be very welcome. I believe we are having a steam up this weekend, although the weather may discourage most so I don't know how much will make it out!
Everyone is going to have a different opinion on the best first engine to build, but I would say it has to be something you want to own at the end if you are going to keep motivation. I'm very much a novice myself and learning as I go.
_____________________________________________________________________________________ Nice, constructive feedback welcomed and ingested, if not always acted upon.
Committee member WWSME and Proud defender of 3.5" Gauge!
As Nobby said, there will be different opinions as to which is best to start. My one piece of advice is to choose something that you have an interest in, a design that you like over one that just seems to be the easiest. No design is going to be a 'five-minute' job so you need something that you find pleasing visually to keep your interest, give you that extra nudge when things get tough and they will at times, no matter which design you chose.
good luck in your endeavour and most importantly, it's not a race, just have fun...oh and welcome to the forum, I'm sure you'll find the answers to any of your questions during your build here.
Hi Glerwill. Welcome to the fraternity. I'd definitely recommend joining the BSMEE. I've had many happy hours up there. Really nice bunch of people. The issues seem with the council seem to be resolved (for now). fingers crossed for the future.