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.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Useful Tools for the Building of Hadarford

These rather useful tools made by Proses, arrived in the post today. They are for applying then gluing ballast along the railway track. I became aware of them through my cousin letting me know about them via Facebook.

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The device on the left is the glue applicator and the one on the right is the ballast spreader. The ballast spreader is used first by filling it with ballast then sliding it along the track, and it deposits ballast evenly between the rails and either side. The glue applicator is very cunning. The small red/white bar is placed over the nozzles to stop glue from coming out whilst filling. The small grey piece which is magnetically held in place is removed to expose the small filling hole, then using the syringe, the adhesive, which is diluted PVA glue, is injected into the applicator through the small hole. The magnetic piece is replaced which creates an airtight seal, which is vital in its operation. The red/white bar is removed and the applicator can them be placed onto the track, and whilst moving it along the yellow wheel is moved ¼ turn which thus deposits a small quantity of adhesive onto the previously laid ballast. These will save a lot of work in the building of Hadarford, especially as there will be such a lot of track to ballast. However I haven’t worked out yet, and there is nothing in the instructions on what to do with point work, I think some dry-run experimenting may be necessary.

Keith.

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