Taking a short break from the building restoration works, I decided to run my live steam Edrig yesterday lunchtime. I had been doing some railway gardening the previous evening knowing I'm to have an "inspection" by Mikey enroute to Chatellerault on Sunday. I thought I'd cleared the track of all debris - but there's a hidden section under the bridge.
Now I normally contain my live steam running to the more level upper circuit, but towards the end of the run and enjoying the fine control of the new r/c unit, decided to switch to the route under the bridge.
Applying a quick burst of power to negotiate the upgrade back to La Courriere, the loco hauling two Playmo carriages hurtled under the bridge....
.... hit some debris and rolled ceremoniously into the pond at full steam! Much to the dismay of the pond's permanent residents, five native frogs.
The loco must have been submerged for three or four minutes before I managed to retrieve it and an oily scum had formed on the pond.
Burnt out receiver unit - servo's and battery seem OK
Many scratches to loco paintwork (instant weathering Mike!)
Haven't tried a steam up yet - any advice Carl on safety precautions?