The gentle move into the outside moved a wee bit closer with the completion of the first loco. It's all a bit experimental and I've made some enormous cock-ups. The most important thing is that I have something that will pull a couple of wagons around to at the very least use as a test machine. It's mostly 60thou plastic with a few bits and pieces from the materials box. One of the learning-curve aspects was to know where to stop. In the smaller indoor scales it's the detailing which defines the modelling, though most employ the 3' rule - if it can't be seen from three feet away there is not a lot of point. Here that jumps to 30', so it is very much essence of industrial diesel rather than exactitude with influences from Hudson, Ransome and Ruston.