What Our Friends Say

Good morning,

Can I take this opportunity to thank you for organising this event, to thank George James and his parents for hosting the event and for the very warm and friendly welcome.

The opportunity to meet fellow enthusiasts in an informal setting (rather than at a busy show) and for the technical knowledge and skill to be available and to be able to steam on a layout an compare performance was invaluable,

Kind regards

Bob Morris


Hi there First of all, thanks for my control cables - delivered next day first thing - brilliant service!

Steve Barret


Hi Chris Oakes. Thanks for getting my Scotsman up and running in the end at Ally Pally yesterday despite all of the media interruptions getting in the way!! (Look out Adrian he is after your cap badge.) Will you also thank Maurice for all of his interest and knowledge shown while I was talking with him and waiting. Very enjoyable all round. Regards, Norman.

Norman Backman


Good evening Chris

You ran both my locos Sunday (London Model Engineering Show). They had a good workout. The A4 ran well. It has recently come back from a Hornby service and repair. They replaced tender wheels and incorrect seals under superheater. Strange that as I have never touched these.

We set Papyrus going. My newer loco and has run well so far. However she began to wobble and you found missing attachment screws. From a repair kit these were replaced and I now have spares. Not steaming well so you colleague tightened the steam supply unions. Finally, in my absence, tested and all was well I understand. Not yet run here in Dorset but will be soon.

Please thank your colleagues for their help. Real practical support.

Peter Soole


Dear Nick,

A note just to thank you for your splendidly swift response in processing and dispatching my recent orders It really couldn’t have been done any quicker and I really appreciate your service. It is a privilege to be a member to such a dedicated club.

Many thanks indeed and my kindest regards,

Peter Brown


An amazingly quick arrival of a toolkit for the Hornby locos, which reached here five days after ordering it. Many thanks. Now I really must get down to getting my Flying Scotsman up and running. Tim Lyon, Beijing

Timothy Lyon



I would like to say a big thank you to the OO live steam club, Martyn ( my old school mate ) and myself were made very welcome at the Doncaster show on Sunday 14th may, by Adrian, Chris, Eric, George, Maurice and all the other members there.

We took up the offer of " bring your own loco and run it on our layout " nothing was too much trouble, and we received lots of info and tips.

We had a great time, thank you again gentleman.



I had a chance to visit the Manchester MRX transport with the family.I want to Thank the team for letting me test my loco and giving me advice. It was nice to see some different kit built and other locomotives running.I would like to have a go at building one myself but need the skills i think.A also another thank you for keeping these engines running and getting hold of spare parts from the club

Stephen Jepson


David Bristow and I would like to thank you for an excellent day out yesterday. Everyone was so friendly and Rebecca provided wonderful refreshments for us all.

Particular thanks to Maurice and Richard for spending so much time rejuvenating our locos. We learnt a lot watching them and will take on board the various tips and suggestions they gave for better looking after our stock. We shall look forward to getting them back later this week.

Many thanks again for a great day.

Richard Puddephatt – Chairman Farnham & District Model Railway Club.

Richard Puddephatt


I know Richard has already sent you a message with our thanks for your friendly welcome and for looking after us so well throughout the day but I just wanted to express my own thank you and especially to Richard for toiling away all afternoon getting my loco to work and then taking it home to complete the repair. I am most grateful, please pass on my grateful thanks to him.

Once again my thanks to you all for a great day.


David Bristow
Farnham Model Railway Club

David Bristow


Many thanks for the opportunity to give my Mallard a proper run and also to everyone who put on a great meet up. I learnt a little more and was impressed by the other members modified/converted locos. I hope to get the hand controller kit made up over the next couple of weeks.
Best regards,

Howard Godwinv


My Son thought it was wonderments to see your layout at the Warley exhibition in November and to make us feel welcome.

Kind regards,

Andrew Proctor

Andrew Proctor


Hi Chris Oakes and co.

Many thanks for the help and assistance to get my sick A3 Flying Scotsman a proper run and also to everyone who put on a fantastic show at Ally Pally. As an engineer I learnt a lot that day from Maurice and Tim too which I am truly thankful for taking the time to strip back in the time they had to get my A3 running.

I cannot recommend more, any owner of a Live steam engine to attend one of these events. The tips and knowledge gained plus the ability to pick up parts is invaluable. Keep up the great work - Best regards, Trevor

Trevor Mannion


OO Live Steam Club

18 Simons Close


SK13 6NE


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