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.

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Non-Scenic Section of Layout to Become Scenic Part 20

 Final work on the retaining wall section by adding all sorts of weeds, brush, undergrowth etc.




Keith

Friday, 18 September 2020

Non-Scenic Section of Layout to Become Scenic Part 19

 3 benches added to the ruins scene.

Keith

Birthday Presents

 Birthday presents from my wonderful wife, a living van and MGTC to add to Hadarford.


Some different combinations with the new living van. 





Keith

Thursday, 17 September 2020

Non-Scenic Section of Layout to Become Scenic Part 18

 Final piece of static grass laid along the front edge of the newly created scenic section.



Keith.

Sunday, 13 September 2020

Non-Scenic Section of Layout to Become Scenic Part 17

 Gradually adding more detail to the ruins area.



 And the permanent way area.

Keith

Saturday, 12 September 2020

New Lighting

 New lighting fitted today, above my workbench.

 And under the crossbeam, which created a shadow on the layout from the ceiling lights.


Keith

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Non-Scenic Section of Layout to Become Scenic Part 16

 Adding detail to the ruins area.




Keith

Hadarford in Railway Modeller Magazine

 Hadarford has made it into October's issue of Railway Modeller.

It has been a dream of mine, since I bought my 1st issue over 50 years ago, that I could get a layout of mine into it's pages.

Keith

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Non-Scenic Section of Layout to Become Scenic Part 15

 This morning I applied the static grass on the new section of baseboard.

Applying the base glue by brush.


Using the applicator to sprinkle the grass on the glued area.


Applying the layering spray glue.


Whole area taking shape.


The ruined wall fixed in place.


Keith

Monday, 7 September 2020

Permanent Way Depot Part 2

Permanent Way depot buildings and bunkers fixed in place and ground cover laid, it looks patchy in colour but will change when the glue has dried, possibly, maybe. 

Keith

Sunday, 6 September 2020

Permanent Way Depot

 The 6 huts plus the coal and ballast bunkers that are the start of the permanent way depot.

Keith

Permanent Way Depot Huts

 Painting day today, 5 huts repainted and glazed, I attached brick paper to the 3 chimneys.

These will  be apart of the small Permanent Way depot on them corner below the retaining wall.

Keith

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Non-Scenic Section of Layout to Become Scenic Part 14

Planning stage of the new baseboard and small trackside permanent way depot. 

Keith

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Other End of the Fiddle-Yard

 Having used only half of the bridge kit, I have been thinking about using some of the rest of it at the other end of the fiddle-yard. 

This morning I set about building it, reduced in height to fit under the shelf, and with shortened side walls.

Keith