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, 27 January 2019

Inside Building Details, etc.

A busy past few days adding dividing walls etc. to prevent the lights inside shining through the resin walls of the buildings. I had painted the insides of all of them black, but there are places which were not accessible to paint and even having painted black the light was still shining through.

This is the Chemists showing how it has been divided up so that the lights for the shop only shine in the shop and the lights in the flat above do not shine in the shop, as well as through the walls. A lot of hard work which viewers will never really appreciate, but for me very necessary.

Tiled floor of the Chemists.

Tiled floor of the Bakery.

Wooden floor of Jo's Tea Rooms.

Large rugs in the lock keepers cottage.

Tables and chairs for Jo's Tea Rooms all painted ready to be installed.

Small section of wall behind the general stores.


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