In between all the Santa-related excitement (the elves have been busy on the Grotto), various other projects have progressed at Apedale. Ruston 191658 has held on to its engine with a vice-like grip which had defied all attempts to release. Until an assault by various heavy weaponry finally resolved the issue.
Meanwhile, the on-going battle of the Baldwin brakes continues, with all attempts to remove these last, and rather intractable, assembles from the loco currently resulting in a no-score draw. At this time of year, flood lights can become essential when working on locos outside.