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 have now built the layout. This is now a full record of the building of this layout and any new additions along the way.

Please feel free to leave comments, I am always interested in suggestions or questions.

Sunday, 29 January 2023

Croc Clips on Sticks

Yesterday morning I drilled holes in my painting board to accommodate the new croc clips on sticks.


In the afternoon I used the croc clips on sticks for the 1st time, certainly makes holding whilst painting and drying small items a lot easier. 😊


Saturday, 28 January 2023

1st Nine Sheep

 1st nine sheep now have woolly coats, 25 more to go. 🐑🐑🐑


Video of Hadarford by David Johns of CruisingTheCut.

Video of Hadarford by David Johns of CruisingTheCut. Took all day and a lot of it on the cutting room floor, but I am very pleased with the result.


Thursday, 26 January 2023

Sheep Painting and Other Things

This morning I repainted the test sheep, the original matt black paint came off in my fingers so had to strip the paint off, wash them and soaked in vinegar. I have been waiting for a new pot of matt black paint to arrive, which it now has,  let's hope this paint sticks this time. 🐑🐑🐑 

After lunch I carried on painting some bits and pieces, one of which, the fork lift truck, now resides behind Beeton's Garage. 😁 


Wednesday, 25 January 2023

4-6-0 Baldwin 'Alfred James'

 4-6-0 Baldwin 'Alfred James' passing through the PW depot with a goods train. 😊


Tuesday, 24 January 2023

0-4-0 Hunslet 'Charles'

 0-4-0 Hunslet 'Charles' rounding Hadarford hill with a ballast train. 😊 


Monday, 23 January 2023

Maintenance Train

 6wDM diesel 'Oscar' on maintenance train duty passing Hadarford lock 😊


Sunday, 22 January 2023

Logging Loco

 Bo-Bo logging loco 'Marmite' ahead of a log train passing Hadarford woods. 😊 


Saturday, 21 January 2023

Double Fairlies Double Heading

 Double Fairlies 'Earl of Merioneth’ and 'Merddin Emrys' double heading the up passenger service passing Hadarford lock. 😊 


Friday, 20 January 2023

New arrival 0-4-4-0 double Fairlie 'Earl of Merioneth'

New arrival in the post this morning, 0-4-4-0 double Fairlie 'Earl of Merioneth' arrives at Hadarford station with the up morning passenger service. 😊


Monday, 16 January 2023

Exiting Hadarford Tunnel.

 6wDM diesel 'Oliver' with shunters wagon exiting Hadarford tunnel and passing between Beeton's garage and the engine maintenance yard where 2-6-0 tank engine 'Doris' and 6wDM diesel 'Oscar' are taking on fuel. 😊


Revised Layout Plan

 Over the weekend I finally got round to adding to the plan of Hadarford.

I changed the solid line representing the track in the tunnel underneath the farm with a dashed line, and added the castle ruins walls.

I still need to add the building for the PW depot to finish it off.


Sunday, 15 January 2023

4-6-0 Baldwin 'Joanne'

 4-6-0 Baldwin 'Joanne' passing through the PW depot below the castle ruins on its way to Hadarford with the up passenger service. 😊 


Saturday, 14 January 2023

 New loco 0-4-0 saddle tank 'Charles' emerging from fiddleyard tunnel with a mixed goods train. 😊

You have to have great faith in your trackwork and rolling stock to be able to reverse up gradient back into the fiddleyard across 2 facing points. 😁


Thursday, 12 January 2023

0-4-0 Little England "Princess"

 0-4-0 little England "Princess" hauling a bugbox train past Hadarford lock on it's way to Hadarford station. 😊 


Tuesday, 3 January 2023

Seasonal Mail Vans

 Boxcab 'Haedi' returning the seasonal mail vans to Alfa Central for storage until next year, and the empty standard mail vans ready for their next load. 😊


Monday, 12 December 2022

Gardner 8L3

 This afternoon I primered this model of a Gardner 8L3 diesel engine, I will probably use it as a wagon load. 😊


Sunday, 20 November 2022

Primer Spraying

I just got this lot ready for spraying with primer when it started to rain, so I had to wait for it to stop, which wasn't very long. 😊

Then I remembered I had this power transformer to do, So I sprayed that as well 😁


Saturday, 19 November 2022

Time for a Chat!

 6wDM 'Oscar' running light through Hadarford station, briefly halting for the driver to have a quick chat with the driver of 4wDM 'Hadar' about to depart the station with the down passenger service. 😊


Sunday, 13 November 2022

Sunday, 6 November 2022


 Success! 😁 Trains that go round without derailing at the large lift-out bridge. My 1st opportunity to run the Bachmann double Fairlie and rather impressed with it's pulling power hauling 5 Peco L&B coaches up the 1 in 60 gradient through the station and past the canal lock (express speed through the fiddleyard with the down gradient). I still initially had one of the coaches derailing at the bridge joint to the fiddleyard, but I swapped a few bogies around and oiled the axle bearings. At long last I can sit in my armchair in the middle and watch trains go round and round all day long 😊


Saturday, 5 November 2022

It Has Been a Long Time

 Back in June 2020 I was working on the large lift-out bridge trying to solve the derailment problem. I had nearly finished it when my back went, and since then I have been waiting patiently for it to settle down to be able to finish it off. Today with help from my wife Jo I finally achieved it. I will leave track cleaning and test train running until tomorrow. 😊


Friday, 4 November 2022

Insulfish Train

 4wDM 'Chas' passing Hadarford wood with an Insulfish train. 😊


Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Bug Box Train

 Boxcab 'Haedi' passing Hadarford wharf hauling the bug box train 😊


Monday, 31 October 2022

The Pumpkin Train

  It's that time of year, the Pumpkin Train on it's way, 🚂🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃

#Halloween #halloween2022 #pumpkins

Tuesday, 25 October 2022

4wDM 'Orion'

 4wDM 'Orion' leaving Hadarford station with observation/brake coach No.22 😊


Friday, 21 October 2022

Open Wagons

 0-6-0 diesel 'Oscar' hauling a train of open wagons past Hadarford lock. 😊


Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Engine Shed Tools

 This afternoon I glued some tools to the engine shed doors. 😊


Tuesday, 11 October 2022

Bits and Pieces

 This afternoon and evening I have been painting bits and pieces, tools, wheelbarrows, fireman's shovel and a tub wagon 😊


Sunday, 9 October 2022

Works Train

 4wDM diesel 'Chas' on works train duty heading towards Hadarford 😊


Saturday, 8 October 2022

Early Morning Freight Train

 Early morning freight train of various box vans hauled by Bo-Bo DB V251 'Stephanie' winding it's way through Hadarford station. 😊


Thursday, 6 October 2022

Boxcab 'Haedi'

 4wDM boxcab 'Haedi' passing Hadarford lock with a short bugbox train. 😊


Wednesday, 5 October 2022

'Express Dairy English Eggs'

 4wDM diesel 'Hadar' hauling new arrival 'Express Dairy English Eggs' bogie van in a mixed freight train passing Hadarford wood. 😊


Saturday, 1 October 2022

Steam Gala Day

Steam Gala day at Hadarford station to celebrate the last day of the summer steaming season on the line.

Mr Beeton also has some of his steam vehicles on static display, he is out on his ploughing engine with his large living van. 😊


Friday, 30 September 2022

Ballast Train

 0-6-0 diesel 'Oliver' with a train of tippers loaded with ballast passing through the PW depot. 😊


Thursday, 29 September 2022


 This morning Bo-Bo DB V251 'Victoria' hauling empty tankers past Hadarford lock on it's way to the docks at South Crossing. 😊 

Bo-Bo DB V251 'Stephanie' assisting Bo-Bo DB V251 'Victoria' returning in the afternoon with the now loaded tanker wagons passing Hadarford wharf. 😊


Wednesday, 28 September 2022

Summer Steaming Season Drawing to a Close

 With the summer steaming season drawing to a close, 4wDM diesel 'Hadar' leaves Hadarford station with an up passenger service. 😊


Tuesday, 27 September 2022

Size Comparison

 Newly finished 3D printed 0-4-0 diesel 'Chas' with rtr (ready to run) Roco 0-6-0 diesel 'Becky' as a size comparison. 😊


Sunday, 18 September 2022

New Diesel Shunter Project Part 4

 This morning I finished the new diesel now named 'Chas' by adding glazing, a driver and then fitting the chassis, already in service passing Hadarford lock with a small freight train. 😊


Saturday, 17 September 2022

New Diesel Shunter Project Part 3

 Name plates fitted, buffer beams painted red, and radiator grill and lower section of footplate painted matt black. 😊


New Diesel Shunter Project Part 2

 This morning I made a start on the new diesel shunter by gluing the 2 couplings into the body and then gluing paint sticks to the body and roof.

Once the glue had set I then primered both parts. 😊

Although it doesn't show, this afternoon I sprayed the new diesel with matt varnish 😊