It was my birthday yesterday, and it has always been a rule that I get to have a day out on my birthdays, for example, last year I went to Didcot Railway Centre, and the year before the York Railway Museum.
As it was raining almost everywhere, I had difficulties with deciding what I should do on my birthday, then I had an idea. I've always wanted to go to The Engine Shed shop in Ford in Sussex and at least it was something to do during a wet weather.
So off I went and had a nice journey to Ford, from Reading, by car, driving through some nice villages etc and getting ideas for the new layout. It took about 90 minutes to get to the shop and once I entered inside, it was worth a trip.
it was a pleasure to see practically everything on display, even items I hadn't thought of or seen before. Of course, there were many OO locomotives on display, and as I had some money for my birthday, I couldnt resist buying something!
I settled for a locomotive I've always liked, the look of it etc, and bought it!
its a Bachmann N Class 31869 BR Black Early Emblem, with DCC on board. Even though all my other locomotives are late crest, I thought I would weather this locomotive so that it looks like its still operating, but coming to an end. I'll do that once I've started the new layout later this year.
Here's two photos of the locomotive on my layout: