Final work on the retaining wall section by adding all sorts of weeds, brush, undergrowth etc.
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
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This morning I applied the static grass on the new section of baseboard.
Applying the base glue by brush.
Having used only half of the bridge kit, I have been thinking about using some of the rest of it at the other end of the fiddle-yard.
This morning I set about building it, reduced in height to fit under the shelf, and with shortened side walls.
This morning I assembled a side wall.
This afternoon scratch-built the sloping side wall for the bridge just to finish it off..
It has taken all day today to lay the ballast.
Using the handle of a teaspoon to shovel the ballast onto and alongside the track.
Just one of the difficulties of building a model railway on a narrowboat, the new retaining wall is along the hull side, and due to the tumbledown of the hull sides I have had to create this spacers to go on the backs of the wall sections.
I have now glued all the retaining wall in place.