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, 21 March 2021

Two 0-6-0 Shunters Double-heading a Working Equipment Train 😊




  1. The 'JCB style' vehicle has clearance under the bridges?
    I note the 'long arm' excavator is on a low-line double-bogied wagon.
    Commenting just to show I'm watching :-)


    1. The yellow vehicle is a tractor, the orange vehicle is a mini excavator, everything loaded on wagons has to clear the loading gauges, one of which you can see behind the yellow tractor. All goods yards have a loading gauge just before the sidings exit onto the main line. Nothing too high would be allowed onto the line.

    2. My JCB excavator is too high to go under the loading gauge.

    3. Now, I see!
      I had only looked a the 'thumbnail' picture in the blog, and had 'seen' the loading gauge as part on the fore end lift of a JCB style vehicle.
      Since you drew my attention to the gauge I looked at the full size picture and can now see the difference.


    4. Also I forgot to point out the photo is in perspective, so the wagons look smaller towards the back of the train and consequently the bridge looks lower than the front of the train.