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What Our Friends Say

Thanks again for this great Club . I needed to replace tender wheels , Nick (Shop Manager) mailed them to me (all the way to Australia ) , and I watched the video on how to change wheelsets / service the tender . My Mallard is going as well as it ever has - thanks again :-)



Been a club member now for several months and have learnt how to keep these fascinating locos running and serviced. Following learning the hard way regarding track issues my A3 and A4 are currently running fairly well.

The instructional videos have inspired confidence in tackling tasks like timing etc; being new to live steam I am sure I would have really struggled without the club's wide range of resources.

Thanks again




It's been awhile since I last ran my Mallard, so I refreshed my memory by going though the original CD that came with my set, and the 00 Live Steam DVD which the club produced a few years ago. I've also been on your web and watched all the tutorials. Without exception they are excellent -- well produced, and the narrator (sorry, I don't know his name) has done a great job. Overall I am very happy with the club -- very professional yet still very friendly! Regards from Up-State New York! Captain Irwin D Nathanson, USNR-RET Diamond Point, New York

Captain Irwin D Nathanson


Thank you for existing. This site is wonderful, given the paucity of proper manuals and documentation for the OOLS range! I would be hard pressed to properly maintain my loco were it not for explanations and information provided here, and helpful discussions around common problems. Thank you for being here.



Would Like to thank the OO Love Steam Club, for the excellent 'how to sheets' and the knowledge base video's, as I now have my Golden Fleece up and running again, after having to replace the thermal cut-out.

Excellent service by Nick and the shop for the very quick posting and delivery.

Best Regards



OO Live Steam Club - Servicing - Just have to recommend the clubs new servicing assistance. Sent my Silver Link to Eric and received simply the best help. The loco was returned today and the difference in running and response was truly amazing. I will be sending my Flying Scotsman & Mallard for overhaul - well worth the money and totally recommended!



Just a quick not to say thank you for a great club, as with so many people during lockdown I decided to resurrect my un used live steam locos, with the help of your tutorials, forum and shop I have managed to get them all up and running!(special thanks to Eric Fenwicks posts in timing!!)

Les Chapman


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


I would like to Thank the OO Live Steam Club for allowing my A3 Papyrus to run on your Exhibition track at the Alexandra Palace last Sunday. It was wonderful to see her running and Ito be able to video her in action as well.
The link to my YouTube video footage of the event that includes the OO Live Steam Club is listed below.
Peter Devrell (Copy and paste link into your browser. OOLS content is at 4:09 minutes)

Peter Devrell


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


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


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


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 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



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.



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


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


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


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


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

Steve Barret


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


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