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.

Saturday 14 January 2017

Canal Lock Chamber, Lock Gates, etc..

Yesterday I took delivery of a set of lock chamber walls, lock gates, paddle gear, etc.


Both Jo and I are highly impressed with the detail and accuracy of the white metal pieces which make up the lock gates for a narrow lock, the paddle gear, both gate mounted and ground paddles, and even the collars for the top hinges of the gates, as well as the mooring bollards and rings. The accuracy of the ground paddle gear is extremely good, someone has done some very good research to produce these items. It is also interesting that the actual paddles and paddle gear are designed so that they can be modelled as either open or closed, by reducing excess rack length and the pole which joins the paddle with the rack gear. I am looking forward to assembling this all together to produce what will hopefully be a very accurate model of a narrow lock on Hadarford.


Thursday 12 January 2017

Final Major Buildings Arrive

The final buildings for Hadarford arrived today.


As called by the manufacturer, Misdale House, but I will rename it to Hadarford House.



A pair of semi-detached rural workers cottages for the farm.



The signal box for the station.



The Gents toilet for the station.



The complete nearside set for the station, waiting shelter, booking hall and gents toilet. The right-hand photo is the view that will be seen, I know very plain, but that is how minor station buildings were.



The final set up for the station, both sides of the track, including the signal box. Should look good once actually on the layout, with all the track and scenery.


Tuesday 10 January 2017

Booking Hall Arrival Completes Main Station Buildings

The booking hall which matches the previously purchased station building arrived today.



This is the complete set from left to right, booking hall, station main building and ladies toilet.


This completes the station buildings on the far side of the station, I am awaiting the wooden gents toilet to arrive which will complete the buildings on the near side. The roofline of the main building has a cut-out in it to accommodate the roof of the booking hall when positioned alongside.


Saturday 7 January 2017

Mains Supply now in the Hold.

Busy morning this morning, wiring in the new mains socket in the hold with the assistance of Jo.


This is a first small, but vital set forward to the building of Hadarford. I can now work in the hold with power tools, use a fan heater, etc.. Mind you the hardest part of the job, connecting the other end of the cable to the rear of an existing socket in the saloon, went very easily considering.


I wanted to connect to the rear of the existing socket in the saloon as seen in the photo above. On the left of the photo can be seen the trunking carrying the cable from cupboard against the bulkhead to the display cabinet. The problem I was faced with was getting the cable through the hole at the end of the display cabinet to the rear of the socket back box. From previous investigations, for what ever reason, I could not get the back box to come out from the display cabinet. I left this task to the very last, not sure why, probably because I was hoping to come up with a better solution in the meantime. Having drilled all the necessary holes, fitted the piece of trunking and threaded the cable through from the new socket to the display cabinet, I had to bite the bullet. I disconnected the shoreline and turned the Invertor off, then I removed the double socket and punched out the knockout piece at the rear of the back box, with the intention of pushing the cable through the hole in the end of the display cabinet and hoping and praying I could grab hold of it with a pair of pliers. Amazing, it actually worked. The end of the cable actually popped itself at the hole in the back box, it couldn’t have been simpler. All connected at both ends, and the mains supply restored, and Jo had a quick whizz around with the vacuum, job done!


Friday 6 January 2017

First Step to the Actual Building of Hadarford

A small first, but vital, step towards the building of Hadarford today.


I fitted a back box on the bulkhead in the hold ready to install a mains electricity supply in the hold. Once I have run some cable through and connected it, it will make like easier for work on the construction of Hadarford, which requires electrical supply, like drilling. It will also mean I can have a small fan heater out there to warm it up a bit during the winter. I will also need a mains supply to operate the railway, and it will be handy for vacuuming the floor as well.


Thursday 5 January 2017

Two More Purchases

Yesterday I found this fire engine in a local charity shop.


And this Vicarage arrived today in the post. It will go very nicely beside the church/village hall.




Monday 2 January 2017

Version 5 Model almost finished

I have been busy painting the 5th version of the model of my model railway Hadarford today.


It is not quite complete, I still have to add some of the buildings to it, and the areas of trees, similar to what I did on version 4. In this version I have represented the rail track with the silver colour. The wider section between the station platforms is double track allowing me to have trains, in opposite directions, to pass each other. In comparison to the previous version there is a lot less rail track and it cuts out the large amount which was hidden underneath scenery. I am a bit worried that the road sections, especially along the rear of the layout crossing the canal at the canal bridge, are a bit straight, but I can vary this with the actual layout. By having only the one canal lock in this version, because there is no rail track underneath, it means the canal does not dominate the layout and I am able to create a more complex station area. I may replace these photos with ones taken outside tomorrow, but by the time I had finished today it was too dark outside to take photos.


Sunday 1 January 2017

Version 5 Model

Version 5 of the model of Hadarford is ready for painting.


These photos are to show how the model is built up and constructed from balsa wood with the design on graph paper. It will make more sense and will be clearer once painted.