As some of you may remember, Sam's 3 1/2 inch gauge "Juliet" was one of the engines taken in our burglary back in August last year. Of anything we lost, it's the one engine that really hurt - I'd bought it for him to learn on some years ago, it was extremely tatty with horrendous green paint but went well and, of course, he loved it. Having decided that it's unlikely to come back any time soon, I've given him "Pendle Witch" as a replacement on the condition that he restores it - this is the four inch scale Milner Hunslet, one of a pair, that I bought last year.
Having spent some time in the stable attic (the engine, not
Sam), we managed to lug the chassis down the stairs a couple of months ago
(having put it up there through a hay hatch with the fork truck which is now
down at the workshop - it was a sight easier putting it up than getting it
down). He gathered up all the bits and we took them all down to the workshop
where he has pottered away cleaning and fettling. I've kept a bit of a watching
brief on the whole escapade, but have tried to be as hands-off as