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 31 May 2020

Removable Open Wagon Load

Today I created this false floor and load to fit one of my open wagons.

This is the empty open wagon.

This is the same wagon with the false floor and load fitted.

This allows me to use the wagon either empty or loaded.


Saturday 30 May 2020

30' Bogie Bolster Wagon

Today I built 30' bogie bolster wagon.
This is the decking of the wagon held in place on the gauge I created for scribing the planks.

Sole-bars added the the decking.

End planks.

2 pivot brackets which the bogies clip into made ready to fit.

pivot brackets fitted and 1st stage of the under-frame created.

Under-frame finished.

Completed wagon.

Pictured with the shorter bogie bolster I finished yesterday and a couple of smaller bolster wagons.


Friday 29 May 2020

25' Bogie Bolster Wagon

I built a  25' bogie bolster wagon today.
The basic platform.

Mounted on H section and end panels.

Bogie mounts fitted.

Start of underframe.

Under-frame completed.

All ready for painting.

Painted and finished.

In a train with 2 shorter bolster wagons.


Thursday 28 May 2020

Longer Box Van fitted with Bogies Part 7

This morning I added the roof and painted it, added the vacuum pipes and applied the transfers.

With a few of my recently built box vans.


Wednesday 27 May 2020

Longer Box Van fitted with Bogies Part 6

Painted in Bauxite and matt black under-frame. 
Roof, vacuum pipes and transfers go on tomorrow.


Longer Box Van fitted with Bogies Part 5

Ready for painting, then fitting of the roof.


Longer Box Van fitted with Bogies Part 4

With a delivery of plastic strip today I have been able to finish off the 2 sides and 2 ends of the long box van.


Sunday 24 May 2020

Hadarford at Night 2

2nd nighttime trip through Hadarford in opposite direction 🌝🌖🌗🌘🌑


Hadarford at Night 1

Nighttime trip through Hadarford 🌝🌖🌗🌘🌑


Saturday 23 May 2020

Passenger View Passing Through Hadarford

Passenger view whilst passing through Hadarford.

Unfortunately the camera doesn't want to focus close-up.


Friday 22 May 2020

Longer Box Van fitted with Bogies Part 3

This evening I have constructed the under-frame for my new box van.

Inspired by my O gauge Siphon G in the last photo. 
Bit of difference in size though!


Full Circuit of Hadarford

Following my 1st attempt I have managed to record a full circuit of the layout.

I was so glad the level crossing gates opened just in time!

Engine Drivers View of Hadarford

My 1st successful attempt at this type of video, it needs refining but after many weeks of attempts I was just so pleased it finally worked I just had to post it.


Thursday 21 May 2020

Longer Box Van fitted with Bogies Part 2

Tuesday I had an accident whilst working on the long box van.
For the 1st time ever using a scalpel I managed to cut my forefinger. 
It took a while to stop the blood by keeping pressure on the wound with my thumb. 
I eventually was able to put a plaster on it for overnight, which I took off Wednesday morning and rested for the rest of the day to let it heal.

With the finger well on the way to healing this morning, I restarted work on the long box van.
2 sides, 2 ends, and 4 sets of doors, cut to size, rubbed with emery paper to simulate wood grain and scored to simulate planks. 
2 cross-members required to support what will be a long roof, cut to size. 
I am awaiting a delivery of 1mm x 1mm strip to proceed further, hopefully arriving in tomorrows post.


Tuesday 19 May 2020

Longer Box Van fitted with Bogies

1st stages of my next scratch-build, a longer box van which will be fitted with bogies.
Floor and under-frame parts.

Joined together.


Project Horse Box Part 5

Horses painted and back in the horsebox.


Monday 18 May 2020

Project Horse Box Part 4

The horses arrived in the post today, and they fit in the horsebox
I just need to paint them.


Friday 15 May 2020

Scratch-Built Box Van Part 4

More transfers arrived in the post this morning, so I was able to finish of my scratch-built box van.


Tuesday 12 May 2020

Slow heavy freight

A slow diesel hauled heavy freight train passing Hadarford wharf.


GEM Baldwin Bogie Rebuild

Spent this morning making a new bogie for my GEM Baldwin. 

Runs a lot smoother than it did.


Monday 11 May 2020

Scratch-Built Box Van Part 3

Good progress this afternoon with the box van. Sides glued to the chassis.

Roof on top.

Wheels, couplings and vacuum pipes added.

Coated in Primer.

Painting finished, ready for application of transfers tomorrow.


Scratch-Built Box Van Part 2

With a delivery of various pieces of plastic strip, round, square, T and half H section this morning, 
I have been able to resume work on the box van by adding the detailing to the sides and ends.


Sunday 10 May 2020

Water Lilies Repainted

I added some lilies when I made my canal scene last year, as purchased the flowers were very conical and white, as in this 1st photo.
Throughout last year I never saw one white or conical lily flower so I have been meaning to fix this.

Which I have now done, by cutting the tops off and painting them yellow.


Joanne leaving Hadarford Station.

Joanne leaving Hadarford station on the up passenger service.

Since recording this video I have reduced the time between the 2 gates moving from 10 to 6 seconds.


Keith and Joanne Double-heading

Keith and Joanne double-heading the down passenger service past Hadarford lock.


Saturday 9 May 2020

Scratch-Built Box Van

Today I have made a start on a partly scratch-built box van. I say partly as I am using the chassis from a broken carriage as in the 1st photo.

I have made the 4 sides and the 2 pairs of doors, scored them to simulate planks

I have glued the 2 pairs of doors onto the 2 sides.