Sutton’s Locomotive Workshop

Home of the Sulzer Type 2

THE IMPETUS behind the launch of Sutton’s Locomotive Workshop (SLW) was a long-running frustration with existing model railway products. This project was initiated at a time when, in contradiction to the upward trajectory of other hobbies, models of my interest period were actually in decline – in quality, in detail, and in accuracy. With 30 years of modelling and railway journalism under my belt, it was easy to spot the unconvincing reasons offered for this inexcusable situation.

That time of general disinterest in product development and detail enhancements now seems to have been replaced by over-optimistic ‘land grab’ announcements with the promise of ‘jam tomorrow’. For too long, BR era diesel and electric enthusiasts have been pushed to the bottom of the pile.

There must be a better way. Better design. Better fidelity. Better craftsmanship. Better quality. Why not produce a premium model by pushing tried and tested engineering principles to their limits and then introducing some simple, long-wanted innovations? By virtue of concentrating on the basic shape and making a ‘proper job of it’ the result should be a definitive, value-for-money product that is effectively future-proofed.

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