We had a play at trying to get the steam engine going on Christmas Day afternoon. This had been cleaned, oiled and generally maintained by Ian for a while and we decided to have the inaugural startup in the garden – probably safer!!

As you can see from the video it worked, and worked well!! The picture is Ian and our Uncle Gordon whose engine it was when a boy. A great moment, though ladies of the house didn’t seem particularly bothered . . .

Steam train in full flow!!