I attended St Joseph's Regional High School in Port Macquarie (Mid-North coast of New South Wales, about 4 hours north of Sydney by car). I've always been great with my hands, making things, pulling things apart, putting them back together. I loved lego. So it was only natural that I'd elect to do Metal Work class in Grade 10.
It was a 12 months class where I'd learn how to bend sheet metal, solder, braze with Oxycetalin, Turn metal on a lathe, Tap nuts and make screw threads. It was an amazing course and I learnt alot about the industrial age and about machinery.
This steam train was was submitted as part of my School Certificate Major Works. I was very proud of this steam train and I decided to assist my teach at the the time Mr Peter Batterham, with drawing all the parts one by one to allow other students to easier make steam trains. I'll try to see if I have some of the drawings and if I do I'll add them to this page.