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.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Telephone Kiosks

Yesterday I finished painting the 2 telephone kiosks that I built Saturday.


The back board inside of both kiosks was created by using this photo, clipping it in Photoshop, then pasting it in a Word document before reducing it down to size and then printing it. I have found that by pasting into Word and reducing it, I get a better resolution and as the word document on my laptop screen is actual size of the printout it is easier to get it to the right size.


Telephone box

However I do have a dilemma as there are 3 options of how the kiosks should be sited, as shown below. I will have to put it to the vote on facebook.




I also finished painting the outside toilet.




  1. Re the phone kiosks, unless I've misunderstood what Haderford portrays, I see two kiosks as being one too many. There aren't the dwellings to support two, and there isn't an A class road busy with passing traffic.

    However, if you insist on two .... :-)
    I'd choose option A, both backs against the wall, and not blocking the side window in the bus shelter (?)
    No-one would want them leaving a gap between the shelter and the kiosks, that's just a place for rubbish to collect, men to use as a urinal, and both sexes to use when they wanted more than a cuddle, allegedly, so I've been told.


    1. Hello David, many thanks for your comment. I posted this question on a Facebook group, I am a member of, with a very good response from many of the group members. Quite a few have commented on the blocked window, which I would have filled in if I had proceeded with that option. Most agreed with 1 kiosk only, which is what I will use, I was just looking at using both as the kit had 2 in it, but problem solved, I will use the other one at the station.

      P.S. it is Hadarford with 2 a's, named after our narrowboat Hadar.