I was very fortune to receive £50 cash from both my father and my mother in law this year so a trip to one of my favorite models shops was in order – Alton Model Centre. I needed to pick up a few bits and bobs for the new layout and took the chance to have a look in their superb second hand section. I had seen a Graham Farish Garth Hall in there on my previous visit and it was still there this time. A 49xx Hall class was an obvious admission from my loco lineline and this one would fit the bill nicely I thought. A quick run on their test track showed that other than a light oiling and a decent running in session, this hardly used specimen was well worth the £45 asking price.
But how to spend the remaining money? Well I had two likely candidates to choose between – a SR Q1 class or a A1X Terrier. I just love the look of the Terrier “Waddon” in its very pretty livery and at £60rrp it was within budget and was therefore duly purchased.
Garth Hall has now had its first running session and is quietening down a treat but I am yet to let the Terrier have a run. Once the new board is a bit further progessed and I have a proper running session, it will be let off the leash.