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.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Painting Animals Part 1

Part of getting Hadar ready to set off on our Spring/Summer cruise we have had to put 12 bags of coal in the railway room.
this means it is stacked in front of the layout and access is restricted for the time being.
This means I am now catching up on some much needed painting which I can do sat in my armchair in the saloon.
Yesterday I painted the 6 bicycles. 2 of them are parked in the bike stand behind the gents toilets at the station, with a newly painted pillar box and waste bin. I have painted all 9 waste bins black (Warwick District Council colours) and distributed them around the layout.

I have this morning finished painting the Friesian cows and bull. He is the big fella at the front.

I have also this morning painted the 2 horses, unfortunately the bay does not look as good as I would like, I may have to do some further work on it. It looks too painted!


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