It’s probably no surprise that, on the small office test track, No. 6144 was smooth and quiet straight from the box. The promise of good things continued on Dave Lowery’s layout, where the clicking of the rail joints was louder than the locomotive. That was until the crankpin worked loose and the connecting rod came off. It was an easy enough fix. Ours might have been an isolated incident but it might be worth checking in the shop before you buy. No. 6144 also struggled to get Dave’s four Darstaed Mk 1s moving. A lot of wheelslip required a helping hand – literally – to get it moving. But once on the go, the ‘Large Prairie’ coped well. Stopping and starting with this average load left a little to be desired but, generally, No. 6144 performed well.