A model built from scratch by a person unknown. Recently acquired, without prior viewing, from an on-line auction. It was described as just “very good build, requires painting etc.” and I must congratulate the auction house for an accurate description. From the image in the auction catalogue I was immediately impressed with the quality of workmanship. It has good quality cast iron wheels with insulated split axles which run in sprung hornblocks. The motor and gears (plastic!) unit, the like of which I have never seen before, is efficient and quiet and if it stays like that there will be no need to replace it. For my own personal taste I have made some additions and refinements, for instance replacement of the smokebox door, piano front cover, reversing lever, safety valves, the addition of lamp irons, whistle actuating lever and pull, tender brakes and toolboxes. To fill the gap between the frames and below the boiler I have added a representation of static valve gear. The model has now been painted by Warren Haywood in the fully lined L&YR livery of the early 1900’s that this well built model deserves. The original builder has probably passed away now, but if only he could see it I hope he will be impressed. A risky buy that I think has paid off nicely.