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Book review – ‘Locomotives worth modelling’

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Our visit to the South Devon Railway did, of course, include a visit to the second-hand book shop.  (It has to be said, too, that we visited the bookshop at Buckfast Abbey and came out with a purchase.)  I couldn’t resist this gem.  I think I have a copy in rather better condition somewhere in the house, but for £3, it was a bargain and it would have been rude not to purchase it.

This book was an inspiration in my teens.  I think the Beckenham and West Wickham MRC library copy was almost permanently lent out to me.  I even spent some time building one of the locomotives described, a Holden 2-2-2 single.  I recall that it had a tender drive (probably K’s, and Hambling’s drivers, as they were the only people doing a 7′ driver in those days.  Even so, I had to remove the crank pin and tidy…

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