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.

Thursday, 1 April 2021

For Andy Healey

 Following Andy Healey's comment about the Triumph TR7 next the the Long Cottage a week ago.

The Triumph section of the Hadarford Car Club parked in the car park of the Station Hotel.

Roger Brown who owns the Station Hotel along with his wife Betty, is a petrol head, and a prominent figure in the Hadarford Car Club.

They often host meals for the various sections of the club in their hotel.

Apart from the TR7 you mentioned Andy, there is a TR4, Stag, TR6,  and Vitesse.

The Jaguar section of the car club, the largest individual manufacturer section in the club.

The Lotus and MG section.

The miscellaneous section of the car club.



  1. Ha, well done, they have a better turnout than our car club :-) Nice collection of cars.