Live Steam Layout
My Campbell & Lynwood Live Steam layout is all home built and I started working on the Green Saddle Tank Hunslet as far back as 1974. It has given faithful service on both indoor and outdoor railways.
Since then I have built several more of my own designs adding more sophistication. The Campbell & Lynwood lines have been a labor of love and I have spent very many hours of dedicated work in this scale of locomotives. There is an inherent problem with steam engines of this size; they will never run at reasonable paced speeds and one either ends up with it racing at full steam or chugging at a crawling rate. I realised after some frustrating failures that the answer lay in ‘gearing’. I set about designing my own compact double acting oscillating cylinder unit with suitable reduction gearing to give enough power at slow speeds. This gearing system is trouble free and always gives a wonderful display of steam.