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, 12 July 2020

3 Smaller Narrow Gauge Insul-fish Wagons.

Today I have started to make 3 smaller versions of the Insul-fish I have recently finished.
3 floors added to the 3 under-frames and 6 end walls.

6 side walls and doors.

Walls added to the floors and under-frames.

Door frames and T section braces on end walls added. 
Original Insul-fish van in the background for size comparison.


Saturday, 11 July 2020

Removable Open Wagon Loads Part 4

2 more removable loads created for these 2 open wagons.


Thursday, 9 July 2020

3 Flat Wagons

The 3 flat wagons I quickly knocked up whilst working on the Insul-fish van.
The middle one has a steel floor just to be different from the normal wooden floor, not sure if this would have actually been done, but just wanted something different which I what I like to do.


Narrow Gauge Version of an Insul-Fish Wagon Part 5

The completed narrow gauge Insul-fish, apart from transfers, but I need to think about them as none of the ones I have at the moment would suit, difficult to see white transfers on a white wagon.


Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Narrow Gauge Version of an Insul-Fish Wagon Part 4

Insul-fish and 3 flat wagons all spray primered.

 I quickly knocked up the 3 flat wagons whilst waiting for the rain to stop so I could do the spraying.


Narrow Gauge Version of an Insul-Fish Wagon Part 3

Final bracing added to the sides of the Insul-fish, roof, door handles and couplings.

 It is now ready for painting.


Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Small Saddle Tank Loco Part 2

Today I completed the Peco kit by adding a false floor to the cab and fitted and painted the non-functioning chassis. I have painted it in line with my other locos in Brunswick green.

Also seen between my other larger saddle tank and my smallest loco.

Seen in its place on the canal wharf siding where it will stand as a static model.


Narrow Gauge Version of an Insul-Fish Wagon Part 2

Started the harder part of the construction of the narrow gauge Insul-fish van, applying the angle irons.
The rough ends will be cut off once the glue had hardened.


Thursday, 2 July 2020

Small Saddle Tank Loco

I have been looking at the prices of Arnold donor chassis's and consequently I have decided not to motorise the Peco kit of James.
 I have gone ahead with my original idea to make it a static model in the maintenance yard of Hadarford, which was always my intention, when I bought the kit on eBay.
 I have finished building all the metal kit today.

Part of the problem with the original kit was that the foot plate was broken, the whole of the rear section had broken off and a short section under the doorway on one side.

I have however managed to build it with the broken parts.

This is the small section under the doorway rejoined to the main footplate and the broken off rear section.

This is the other side of the loco where the broken off rear section meets the footplate.
A bit of filler and all should be well.

From a distance it isn't so noticeable.

The even better news is that I have managed to negotiate an Arnold chassis for this loco and I am awaiting it in the post. 
This means that there is a good possibility that I may actually get this going as a functional loco.


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Narrow Gauge Version of an Insul-Fish Wagon

This photo is a standard gauge Insul-Fish wagon.

This is the early stages of my attempt to create a narrow gauge version.

I have said early stages as I have had to place an order for some angle section plastic strips for this model, so this is as far as I can go with it at the moment until my order arrives.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Brickwork around the Lift-Out Bridges

Having applied brick paper to the 2 lift-out bridges yesterday, today I have added some finishing touches either side of each bridge.
This is the saloon side of the shorter bridge.

The same bridge from the railway room side.

I have extended the walling to the corner section.

This is the longer bridge.


Friday, 26 June 2020

Brickwork on Lift-Out Bridge

I have applied some brick paper to one side of one of the lift-out bridges.
Although technically not part of the layout I think it looks better. 

The other lift-out bridge has had the same treatment as well.


Ice Cream Anyone?


Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Smallest Diesel Hauling Freight Through Hadarford

A little bit of weight (there wasn't a lot of room inside) added to my smallest 0-4-0 diesel loco makes a lot of difference to its tractive effort hauling these 32 wagons up a 1:70 gradient through Hadarford.

Managed to get the same train to run a lot slower and a more realistic speed.


Adding Weight to Locos

Today I have been adding weight to some of my locos to give them more traction.
Every space is used in all the locos.


Monday, 22 June 2020

Converting 2 Triang TT Gauge Fruit Vans into 009

The set of 10 underframes arrived today.
I am going to use 4 of them on the 2 Triang TT gauge fruit vans.

Each pair of underframes was cut to fit the length of the vans.

The protrusions on the undersides of the 2 vans were removed.

Each pair of underframes were glued to underneath each van.

Wheels and couplings added.

Just need painting.

This evening I painted them.

Transfers applied.

Including the very small tonnage markings. (bottom left corner)


Thursday, 18 June 2020

35ft Box Van Part 3

This morning I painted the box van and removed the Peco couplings and fitted Greenwich couplings.

This afternoon I applied the transfers, which now completes the model.

Pictured next to the 25ft box van.