Although I’ve been a lifelong enthusiast of railways south of the Thames, I also appreciate the beautiful liveries and landscapes of other pre-grouping railways. So, when I decided that a change of scenery would keep the enthusiasm alive, it was the Great Eastern Railway that I turned to. I have a huge fondness for East Anglia, having forebears from Essex/Suffolk and a much loved aunt who lived in Halesworth for many years. I’d been looking hungrily at the industrial locos on the High Level Kits website, the LNER Y5 (or Class 209 as it was in GER days) was the decider. Start with something small, I thought; well, the LNER Y5 is certainly that, a diminutive 0-4-0 industrial tank engine with dumb buffers. The Class 209 were originally a Neilson and Company standard design when two were purchased by the GER in 1874 to work east London goods yards. They proved to be a success for working on yards and docks where small radius curves were the order of the day, and over the years six more were built, two by Neilson and four at the Great Eastern Railway’s Stratford works. The High Level kit enables you to build all versions. I started building this model in January, and this is a general description of my experience with it.