I ordered this Type 2 Mercer at Christmas and it has just been finished.

The parts for these models are made by the now 80 year old Mr Mercer in a small workshop in Handsworth, Birmingham. When it is cold and icy you can appreciate the Mr Mercer does not find it easy to work so that delayed the start.

You can buy the Mercer as a kit but this one has been assembled and painted for me by John at Minsteam in Stourbridge. I think he has done a great job. I wanted a heavy haulage engine appearance and I think it has worked.

I steamed her this afternoon and she runs very smoothly for a new engine. I hope we get more summer evenings where I can play with her.