Thinking about the great outdoors?

With spring in the air once again, some railway modellers might well be thinking about constructing a garden layout – but how many dare go a step further and consider the possibility of live steam?

Perhaps last year’s TV mini-series The Biggest Little Railway in the World, which followed the progress of a dedicated team as they laid improvised 32mm (1.26in) track over the full 71 miles from Fort William to Inverness (covered almost entirely by a Roundhouse Engineering Silver Lady tank engine, relieved for short bursts by a Little John battery-electric locomotive) got a few more people thinking about the same idea. 

A smart live steam locomotive model is seen under construction in Doncaster.

The good news from Roundhouse, which supplies model live steam locomotives for G-scale, SM32 and SM454 railway layouts, is that it is experiencing record growth and has been taking advantage of the support on offer by Business Doncaster, a partner in the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project, to improve its prospects even more.

For the full article and to view more images, see the March 2019 edition of Modelling – available now!

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