I want to get back into model railways, used to have a large OO gauge layout in the attic of my last house, went over to N gauge using the same space, boards attatched around the circumferance of the room, think i had about a20 foot run around the room.
But moved to a new house, as in new built, and the attic can't be converted without major expence, i.e. new roof as i can only just stand up in the very middle, all pre-formed joists etc.
I did joke about putting some track in the garden and building the layout out there, my fiance asked why i don't, so now i'm wondering why i dont.
this would mean i can go to a larger gauge, making it easier to add details and build things for, althought costing more to buy the bits.
Then of course the inevitable question came up, if it's going to be a garden railway, why not have it live steam, something i've always wanted to do, so why not.
At the moment there's no way i could afford a 'proper' live steam engine, maybe in a few years time, but being honnest having no real experiance with live steam, (ok, i messed about with a stationary mamod steam set at school, was worn out and needed constiant 'help' from a hand to keep it turning).
So a cheap engine would be ideal to learn on, and the cheapest seem to be the mamod loco's, But i've been googeling for hours now and i cant find much detailed info out about the mamod william loco,
It comes as standard with a gas burner, a definate plus for me, as i hated those camel dung tablets used with the older ones, i also read on one site the william loco has a proper regulator rather than the combined reversing lever and simple regulator, is this true??
I then read a spec sheet for a traction engine by mamod, where it has a regulator, but to set the direction you have to push it to align the pistons, not what i want really.
My aim is to fit radio controll to it, something i do have experiance of (built and raced 5 or 6 nitro engined cars over the last 10 years) so of course a proper regulator is ideal, but a reversing lever is also wanted, as i'd like to 'play' about shunting with it, i know i'll have to add a tender of some sorts to accomodate the controll gear, but that's no problem really.
Can anyone recomend a web site(s) that go into detail of the mamod william loco's? even a shot of the cab area with the controlls would be helpfull, but i havent found one yet,
any help would be greatfully recieved.