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.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Project Horse Box

Recently I purchased the superbly liveried AGR Horsebox, but unfortunately as with all these specials of standard Peco vehicles the interiors are not necessarily correct as I also found with the Ffestiniog Snapper Bar, for which I scratch-built a more correct interior and enjoyed doing it. Fairly understandable that the standard Peco vehicles are taken as built and re-liveried, creating correct interiors would add to the costs of production. As with all the Peco GVT coaches they have the standard 2 compartment interior, which in the case of the brakes is not a problem as the only part of the interior can be viewed through into one compartment, but I will be changing my brakes in the near future (good way to pass lock-down time) to a more suited interior to be viewed when the roof is removed. Today I make a start on the horsebox which should be more challenging.

The superb livery.

The supplied interior which I am going to change.


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