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 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 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.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Spring/Summer Cruise

With only 17 days till we set off on our Spring/Summer cruise, we have lots of sorting out to do, so no more work on Hadarford for a while, just in case you think I have forgotten to post about it.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Brick Built Barbecue for the Pub.

Today I built and painted a brick barbecue for the pub's beer garden, all made from scrap pieces.
The 3 main components. The main barbecue area, the table extension and it's York-stone table top.
 I had to glue 2 sections of brickwork back-to-back to get brick detail on both sides of the 3 side walls.

The 3 main components glued together with the added support bricks to support the grill, charcoal tray and the York-stone side table.
I have also made the grill from 2 printed on paper drain covers glued onto a scrap piece of glazing material.
Also the charcoal tray is just a piece of plastic painted black.

The completed barbecue.

The completed barbecue in the pub's beer garden.


Monday, 18 February 2019

Farmhouse and Workers Cottages Garden Paths Part 3

The glue has set and I have vacuumed off the excess material.


Farmhouse and Workers Cottages Garden Paths Part 2

This afternoon I added the brick edging for the paths for the 2 farm workers cottages.

Then I glued the path material in place, just waiting for the glue to set.


Farmhouse and Workers Cottages Garden Paths Part 1

This morning I have been cutting and fixing in place the brick edges for the farmhouse garden paths.

Even behind the garage.


Sunday, 17 February 2019

Pub Access Ramp

This afternoon I constructed a ramp from the pub car park down to the beer garden, and it's accompanying brick walls.


Farm Worker Cottages Privies

This morning I constructed the 2 privies for the farm workers cottages.

I then painted them.

In position at the end of the farm worker cottages gardens.

Lock Keepers Cottage Garden.

This morning I constructed the lock keepers cottage garden, mostly concrete, but with a raised flowerbed.

I then painted it.

Added the earth in the flowerbed.

Located alongside and behind the lock keepers cottage.


Saturday, 16 February 2019

I made a set of York-stone steps from Hadarford Lodge to the summerhouse.

I have also added a path behind the long cottage from the conservatory, to the model railway shed.

I have also finished the path at the small cottage to the garden shed.


Tied Up at the Wharf.

Today I made a T stud for President, and tied the bow to the wharf.

I also added a pair of Dollies to Presidents stern, and tied that to the wharf, along with the bow of Hadar.

Hadars stern tied to the wharf.


Friday, 15 February 2019

New Door Part 2

The new door that we hung Wednesday now has a Yale lock and hasp & staple and padlock. 
It can also be secured back against the wall with a hook into the staple above the Yale lock.
Draught excluder also fitted.


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Engine Shed Access Road Part 3, Maintenance Yard and Garage Compound

Having left the 2nd coat of surface for the engine shed access road, the maintenance area and the garage compound overnight for the glue to set, I have tonight removed the excess material.

New Door

Today Jo and I hung the new door that Lesley has made for us. Still have to add the locks, etc.


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Station Buildings Foundations and Access Ramp.

Yesterday I cut and painted the brickwork for the foundations of the station buildings at the front of the layout.
Foundations for the waiting rooms.

Foundations for the other buildings and platform.

 I had also constructed the dedicated station platform disability access ramp yesterday, which I painted this morning and fixed in place. The disability access ramp for the other platform is part of the level crossing. 


Monday, 11 February 2019

Bob's Hot Dog Stall

Having painted the interior of "Bob's Hot Dogs" trailer, I painted Bob and his wife and fixed them inside.


Sunday, 10 February 2019

Engine Shed Access Road Part 2

Engine shed access road and work area surfaced.


Station Platform Fencing

This afternoon I have cut and fixed the platform fencing in place. 
I have also glued in place the station lamps, belisha beacons and street lamps around the station area.


Hadarford Lodge Part 2.

The completed gravel and York-stone paths, and patio around Hadarford Lodge.
Gravel path from the shed past the garage to the driveway, then it is a York-stone path alongside the Lodge to the York-stone patio by the back door.

Gravel path from the patio to the greenhouse.

Gravel driveway in front of the garage, with the Bentley parked there.


Saturday, 9 February 2019

Engine Shed Access Road.

Road access to the engine shed and maintenance area.


Hadarford Lodge

Today I have cut to shape the York-stone paving alongside Hadarford Lodge as well as the gravel driveway and path to the shed.

The York-stone path becomes a patio behind Hadarford Lodge, and with the start of the gravel path to the greenhouse.


Friday, 8 February 2019

Cottage Driveways Part 4

I vacuumed the excess material off the driveways and paths.
this is the driveway, path to the front door and to the rear of the small cottage.

The path behind the small cottage goig to the rear door and the privy.

Path from the gate to the front door and around the side of the long cottage.

The path at the rear of the long cottage to the greenhouse, rear door and the conservatory.

The canal-side cottages rear paths.

The canal-side cottages paths and driveway.

With cars on the driveway.