Someone on NGRM asked:
" I'm wondering why a blind man, wearing sandals, is allowed to drive a mining loco."
Ho Ho Ho, you asked for it! It seems that a certain Lord Baltimore in England went over to Taiwan to purchase the loco and shopped it to home in Dorchester. He hired Alan Keefe to strip it down and restore it to new condition, which of course included the old one cylinder diesel. This Lord had an estate railroad (which I may attempt to model) with 9" track, so the axles were modified and the wheels pushed in.
Now the Lord has a son, kind of a ne'er do well, who thinks he knows everything, but is, of course blind as a bat. When he met the delivery of the newly rebuilt loco, he immediately asked to drive it. Since it only runs in an oval, and only about 7 mph max, the Lord acquiesced and allow the kid to drive. I managed to capture a couple of photos, but the loco needs to go back to the paint shop, due to a failed experiment with a new paint type that did not work well.
Merryland, the kid, was devistated, since he can't see the paint job.
Aren't you glad that you asked?
Fairhope, AL USA
After extensive recalculation, I have determined that the meaning of life is NOT 42! The secret of life, however is "enjoying the passage of time" (James Taylor)