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, 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 which sits 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 planning 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, 18 September 2016

Buildings for the New Layout

These are some of the model buildings I will include on the layout.

This pair of cottages and the Post Office below can be combined as a terrace, which is what I will do, with the Post Office nearest the road junction.

Semi-detached cottagesPost office

 

This is the “Black Horse Inn” which will suit being near the canalside rather nicely.

Black Horse Inn

 

This will be the lock cottage.

lock_keepers cottage 1

 

This is the station booking office.

Station Building

 

This is the farmhouse and barn.

FarmhouseBarn

 

This thatched cottage will go somewhere on the layout hopefully.

lock_keepers cottage 2

 

No canal scene would complete without a pillbox.

Pill Box

I have already purchased and stored away the kits for cottages, Post Office, pub, lock keepers cottage, barn and pillbox, and look forward to constructing them in the future.

I have already purchased and stored away the farmhouse which is ready built.

By buying them now I have probably saved money as no doubt by the time I start building the layout the prices will have gone up, but also they may well be taken out of production, which would no doubt be my luck.

No comments:

Post a Comment