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.

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Dundas Open Wagon

This morning and after lunch I assembled this Dundas open wagon kit and added Greenwich couplings

Just needs painting. 


Mini Diesel Numbering Part 2

 Day 4 sees the 4 mini locos with their complete numbers on one side.

I am having to do just 1 character a day on each loco to allow each character to set overnight.

Just the other sides to do over the next 4 days.


Tuesday, 19 January 2021

AEC Matador and 5½" Gun

 Over the past week I have been making this kit of an AEC Matador and accompanying 5½" gun. 

It has joined the other military vehicles in my re-enactment group.


Monday, 18 January 2021

Mini Diesel Numbering

 Today I made a start the tedious task of numbering the next 4 mini locos, having completed the 37 some time ago. 

I have added the letter D's to the other 4 locos, tomorrow will be the 1st digit of 3. 

I am using a numbering scheme I have come up with, by starting the number with the D as used in the early diesel era of BR, the 1st 2 digits are the class number and the 3rd and final digit the loco number in the class, hence the 37 is D371.


Mini Class 58 Already in Service

 The mini class 58 already operating on a down box van freight, passing Hadarford wharf.


Sunday, 17 January 2021

Mini Class 58 & 66 Part 6

 Transfers applied to the mini class 58 and 66 this morning.

The mini class 58.

The mini class 66.

Pictured with the 3 previous minis, class 20, 37 and 47.


Saturday, 16 January 2021

Early Line up of All 5 Mini Locos



Mini Class 58 & 66 Part 5

 Morning and early afternoon of concentration painting the detail onto the mini class 58 and 66. 

Black vent grills, red buffer beams, red & white lights, black vacuum pipes & their orange connections and gun metal buffers. 

I will apply transfers tomorrow.


Friday, 15 January 2021

Mini Class 58 & 66 Part 4

 Mini class 58 painted in Brunswick & Sherwood greens, diesel roof grey and matt black for underframes and couplings.

Just needs the buffer beams, buffers and cab front details to finish, another day tomorrow.


TT Gauge Well Wagon Conversion

 A converted Triang TT gauge well wagon to 009 by replacing the TT gauge bogies with Peco 009 ones, simples.


Tanker Train

 Tanker train disappearing into Hadarford tunnel.


Thursday, 14 January 2021

Mini Class 58 & 66 Part 3

 Spray coat of Brunswick green to both mini locos, rest of painting will be brush painting.


Mini Class 58 & 66 Part 2

 The mini class 58 and 66 primered this morning. 

The canal bridge, over the entrance to our moorings, in the background, is my spraying booth.


Hadarford Farm

 Busy times at Hadarford farm, with the farrier shoeing horses, a visit from the vet (walking towards the cattle shed) to check the cattle before some of them go off to market and chickens and the 2 pigs being fed. 

Despite this the farmer has had time to go rabbit shooting with 2 of his friends, from which they are returning across the field.


Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Mini Class 58 & 66

 Next projects arrived this afternoon, a mini class 58 and a mini class 66, the 2 chassis' arrived yesterday. It is quite surprising that these can be delivered by UPS from Holland in 2 days.  🚚

Wish other couriers were this efficient even just within UK


View of Hadarford

 Following yesterdays celebrations, back to normal service today with the up bug box service.


Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Special Steam Event

 Special event today with all the steam locos at Hadarford station to celebrate the arrival of the latest loco, sitting proudly ahead of the 3 Baldwins.


Monday, 11 January 2021

View of Hadarford

 Up passenger service passing under Manor Road, and alongside Hadarford lock.


Sunday, 10 January 2021

View of Hadarford

 Down goods easing back to pass through Hadarford station.


Saturday, 9 January 2021

View of Hadarford

 With having had problems with my back since June last year, I have not been able to do much work on Hadarford, not that there is a lot to do, but I have been creating scenario photos for 2 Facebook groups I belong to, so I will be posting these photos and they will all be titled "View of Hadarford"

This is the mini class 47 on a down passenger service rounding Hadarford Hill and now passing Hadarford Wood.


Thursday, 7 January 2021

Peco "Jeanette" Loco Build Part 3

 Peco Jeanette primered this morning in my air cooled spraying room.


Cattle Train

 Down cattle train passing Hadarford Wood.

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Peco "Jeanette" Loco Build Part 2

 Good progress today with the Peco Jeanette, bodywork assembled ready for priming tomorrow. Unlike in the instructions I have left the roof off for now so I can paint the inside of the cab, then the roof can go on. I have drilled the holes for the whistle and safety valves, but will fit them after painting.

Front coupling.

Rear coupling.

Cab sides, rear and tank front fitted

Coal bunker fitted

Boiler, tank tops and smokebox fitted.

Steam dome, chimney and tank fillers fitted.

Steam dome, chimney and tank fillers fitted.

Ladder fitted to coal bunker.


Train of Empty Cage Wagons

 Mini 47 on up passenger service in Hadarford station, awaiting the mini 37 to clear the line with its down train of empties. ☺

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Peco "Jeanette" Loco Build

 And so it begins. A while ago I acquired this Peco "Jeanette" kit, and just before Christmas I managed to acquire a donor chassis in the form of the Graham Farish pannier tank.

Buffer beams fitted to the footplate, followed by the chassis.
I took my time over this as, if I am right, that is the hard bit done, we will have to see.
View from above.

View from below.