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, 24 February 2019

Painting Animals Part 2

This afternoon I added a bridal to the black horse and dry-brushed the bay, which looks a lot better.

The 2 horses outside their stables.

I have also painted the 2 pigs.

The Friesian cattle in their field.  



  1. Just reading about your wonderful 'Little and Large' in the March 'Waterways World' it just arrived this morning in the post and we are so pleased it arrived before we leave Australia on Sunday. We'd love to have a look as we travel down the GU some time in the next few months. Will keep in touch.

  2. We are so glad to catch up with you, it's amazing the work you have put in enjoying your passion. Thank you so much for spending the time with us today. Look forward to seeing you again tomorrow. Keep posting to keep us informed of your progress.

    1. It was great to meet you both. Whilst we are out travelling I rarely post on here, but if you wish to follow our trip, our BLOG for Hadar is