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.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

1st train through Hadarford.

9 days short of 2 years since I started building Hadarford, this is the 1st train to run.

Keith.

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  1. Congratulations - I suppose it's only fitting it was a coal train!!

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    1. You are the 1st to spot that Davidss, well done.

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  2. Hi Keith, I've no idea how I originally came to be following the building of Hadarford over a year ago(the joy of following internet links!) but I've really enjoyed it all. I've no connection to boats,railways or model building but it's been such fun watching it all come together. Congratulations on the first train run. Please keep posting updates. Karen.

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    1. Thank you Karen, lots more to come, see do please keep following.

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  3. Congratulations, I've been watching the build from the start. Looks fabulous :)

    Alison

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