If you have looked at some of the beautiful models that our members have created, you might think it is simply too daunting and think that you could never achieve something similar however with enthusiasm, time and dedication you can.
There are several alternatives when considering what to build and how to start building either a railway locomotive, traction engine or stationary engine:-
The approach requiring minimum skill and equipment is to purchase a kit. This is also probably the quickest option in terms of build time but is not likely to be the cheapest option. If you pick the right model and supplier and follow the instructions you will end up with a reliable working model. Most suppliers will give advice and assistance if any problems arise. This link shows the stages of construction of a Polly V kit by one of our members.
At the other end of the scale one could design and build from scratch and, although this approach may be the cheapest, it requires considerable time and knowledge as well as the need to own or have access to the neccessary machines.
There are several options in between the two alternatives above. Drawings are available for several models and difficult to make parts can often be purchased fully or partly machined.
By joining a club, help and advice is readily available both before you start and during construction.