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What is it?
London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) Jubilee Class Steam Train No. 5699, named GALATEA.
Why did I build it?
It was built at Crewe Works in my home county of Cheshire, and it therefore represents the once-thriving rail industry of my native land. My father, who passed away on 26th April this year, served his apprenticeship as a Locomotive Fitter with British Railways (into which the LMS firm was absorbed), working from the age of fifteen at Dallam in Warrington, Edge Hill in Liverpool, and Crewe (all between 1957 and 1963, before he went to sea with the New Zealand Shipping Company as an Engineer). He worked on both steam and diesel engines and was a life-long aficionado of all trains, but especially steam. I built this model to honour him.
Will it make a great LEGO set?
It's a simple build and it's a train: Beloved by young and old alike.