Just joined and about to buy my first lathe. The main aim is to learn the skills but i'll be doing that while building some kind of loco. Thinking of either a Simplex, Rob Roy or similar. Going to join a club and will have a good read on here too.
Hi and welcome. I am new to model engineering and at present building the Rob Roy learning lots. I chose this model as it is relatively small and manageable even if a little heavy going by how much it weighs so far. I am also in Kent and keep meaning to join a local club
Yes, join a club. If you can then find members who are building, or who have built locos, you'll find their advice and help invaluable.
As well as the machine(s), there's an awful lot of other kit you'll need - you can buy it you go along - or borrow as required.
It's amazing what you can get away with, size-wise. The loco I'm building, Jessie, is 7 1/4" gauge, yet can be made on a Myford 7 lathe, without a milling machine (using a vertical slide on the lathe's cross-slide).
As with many things, you can get good value second-hand. There's rubbish out there, of course, but also decent kit. So the help of a knowledgeable club member could be useful here too.