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Bill Bryson's Merkur Locomotive

Bill writes: "Today I finished the first model in my new Merkur Cross Express kit. It is a wonderful model. I built the model as the instructions dictated although I did raise the base axle flange to allow the wheels to turn. To accommodate this I simply put a spacer nut between the axle flange and the carriage bases. I used a larger bolt to act as couplers for the cars. This one is a perfect static under the tree train layout or a mantel showpiece. The unit is colorful and cheery enough for permanent display. I love these colored metal parts as they really spark up the models. This Cross Express is a GREAT kit. I'm going to tear this one down and build the next train in the manual. Oh what fun!!!"