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i supose the first question must be, how far do you want to go with the restoration?

do you want it looking like new? do you want it mearly complete?

personally i think it has far more character the way it is. i would do as you have and get the mechanism repaired but i would leave it at that.

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in that case i would wait untill one fo the big shows where there is a demonstratin of hornby tinplate and have a chat with the people operating it. i am sure most of them will have a large box of spare parts and may well be able to help you out. a good idea would be to have a look through some very old magazines to see if you can find a picture of the loco as it was when it was new. this might give you an idea of what fittings it should have had.

as far as the rear of the cab is concerned i think you are either going to have to fabricate that one for yourself or purchase another loco with a smashed front end! (it sounds difficult but at the O gauge show a few weeks ago there was tons of old tinplate going for silly money.)

Dont be in a hurrey with the project. i suspect its going to take years to get the parts rather than months or weeks.

Peter
 
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