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, 20 December 2016

Another eBay Bargain

I have today received in the post this out of production model of a thatched pub which I was successful in bidding for on eBay. As advertised on eBay it stated as follows:-

This listing is for a used Bachmann Scenecraft Building (Pendon Waggon and Horse Pub) the item is in good sound condition but has been painted white by my son”.

These 1st two photos are of an original before being painted by the original owners son.

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These next 2 photos are from the advert and show that the paintjob in question was not particularly brilliant.


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This is a close-up of a part of the building to show the challenge I was faced with.

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Firstly I removed the window frames and glazing to make it easier to repaint the model and to clean up the glazing and repaint the frames which was easier than trying to do it with them in situ. Some of the glazing was not reusable so I cut out some new ones. These are the repainted window frames ready to be refitted.


Then I repainted the building, touching up the white walls, painting the doors and window openings black, and touched up the small section of roof tiling behind the tall chimney, which had white paint on it.



And finally the glazing and window frames were refitted. I actually think, and Jo agrees with me, that it now looks even better than an original one which had yellow brick work!



All this achieved in a couple of hours. I doubt I will use it as a pub though as I already have a kit for a pub to build, but I will use it as a cottage, somewhere on the layout.

It should go rather nicely along side the thatched cottage I already have.

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