From when my Parents gave me my first train set for a Christmas present as a child, I have had an interest in model railways. I originally started in "OO" gauge, but have also built in "N" and "O" gauge. The last layout I built was my exhibition layout "Holmehurst" which was in "O" gauge, and I exhibited it around the country. Photos of it can be seen by following this link.

I inherited some "OO9" rolling stock from my late father, including a loco I built from a white metal kit for him, and ever since living on our working narrowboat Hadar I have been thinking about building a "OO9" layout.

For those who do not know, "OO9" is "OO" scale, which is 4mm to 1ft, but the track and rolling stock are narrow gauge, equivalent to 2ft gauge in real life. Modelling-wise this means that I can used standard "OO" scale buildings, people, scenery etc. of which there is a far greater range of ready built items and kits to choose from, but it has the advantage that the reduced size of the track and rolling stock means that curves can be tighter than for standard gauge, without losing a realistic look within a restricted layout size.

I had thought about building a layout in our garden alongside our mooring at the Saltisford Canal Centre, but after much thought decided that this would not be practical. However I built a small layout (now dismantled) which sat on the shelf above the display cabinet, in our saloon, which houses my "O" gauge rolling stock. Having finished it, my wife Jo suggested that when we stop selling coal I could build a layout in the hold. As we stopped selling coal at the end of 2016, I am now building the layout. This will be an ongoing record of the building of this layout.

Please feel free to leave comments, I am always interested in suggestions or questions.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Protective Plastic Screening Part 3

Final 3 joints for the plastic made, bolts shortened to 10mm and all fixed in place. 

I was recommended to get 3mm thick plastic, which to me seemed a bit thin, but now it is all joined together it is quite strong. 
I just have to wait for the static electricity, which was created when removing the protective film, to wear off then the dust should come off more easily. 


Saturday, 18 January 2020

Protective Plastic Screening Part 2

Fixed the final plastic sheet in place. 

Made and fixed a wooden joining spacer to join it to the next sheet. 

Made all other metal joints, but only fitted 2 so far, the angled ones, the other 3 straight ones are a job for tomorrow.


Friday, 17 January 2020

Protective Plastic Screening

This morning the plastic sheeting I ordered arrived, I then made a visit to our local hardware shop for some brass screws and cups. 
This afternoon I fixed in place 6 of the pieces, the last 2 I will fit tomorrow.


Thursday, 16 January 2020

Tanker Conversion Part 2

The replacement bogies for the tanker wagon arrived this morning, so I fitted them, then I fitted some new ladders, and painted the platform and ladders.


Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Tanker Conversion

Having been impressed by a fellow modellers conversion of Triang TT gauge tankers to 009, I thought I would have a bash myself. 

I found one on eBay which had the upper platform and ladders missing, and this afternoon I added a new platform, and filler cap (which is what was a broken Bachmann satellite dish!). 

I have also removed the bogies and I am awaiting replacement 009 ones. 

I will paint the platform after I have fitted the new bogies and then fitted the new ladders. 


Westland Sea King Helicopter Part 8

For quite a few weeks I have been painting the windshield frames for the Westland Sea King.
This morning I fixed them to the helicopter.

With the windshields finally in place this afternoon I added the forward door.

And also added the box above the windshield and in front of the engine intakes.


Tuesday, 14 January 2020

2 New Locos

Some time ago last year I bought two 3D printed locos and two matching N gauge chassis's to fit them on. 
Today I started to change the N gauge couplings to 009 gauge couplings. 
I wasn't looking forward to fitting couplings to these two locos, but in the end it was quite easy, which was a nice surprise.
A new 009 coupling fitted to one end of this chassis and the old N gauge one still at the other end.

 Both 009 couplings fitted to this chassis.

Two couplings fitted to the other chassis.

The two front couplings.

The two rear couplings


Monday, 13 January 2020

OpenReach Van

I was going to try to create an OpenReach van, but found this one for sale, now the engineer has a van.


Saturday, 11 January 2020

Works Train Part 2

Today I Stripped down an old 4 wheeler, removed the roof, then the central seats and poorly fitted glazing, repainted it, fitted new glazing, refitted the roof, and repainted the roof. It is now at the end of the works train, and I have moved the tool van to the front, next to the engine.

 I made some sleepers and added them to the wagon.

I added some rails to the bogie bolster wagon.


Friday, 10 January 2020

Works Train

Today I have been painting the wagons and crane that will make up my works train.


Thursday, 9 January 2020

Replacement Metal Wheels

Just a few (50 in all) axles with metal wheels, to replace the plastic ones that came supplied on all my Peco wagons and carriages, kept me busy this afternoon.


Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Christmas Presents

Today I finished making and painting the bicycle shed and bikes kit that Jo bought me for Christmas.

She also bought me a baler for the farm.

Today I added some flowerpots and tubs to the front of the vicarage.

One behind the pub.

Some at Hadarford Lodge.

And some on the canalside of the canalside cottages.


Tuesday, 7 January 2020

New Coaches

Today a pair of 4 wheel coaches arrived in the post. 
I have painted the roofs and ends of the coaches, and applied the transfers. 
I then added them to the original set of 5, which as it had a brake coach at each end which do not have any passenger carrying capability this meant there were only 3 passenger carrying coaches in the set. 
I am leaving them in their "Indian Red" livery, just to give a mix of colour in the set. It is reminiscent of when British Railways was changing from crimson/cream livery to maroon and for quite a long time trains ran with mixed liveries, whilst they were gradually repainted.


Friday, 3 January 2020

Westland Sea King Helicopter Part 7

Back to building the Westland Sea King helicopter today. 
Adding the port side hull to the starboard side and deck.

Added the base.

Added the engine cover and air intakes.

Added the nose.