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.

Tuesday 29 June 2021

Brake Observation Coach Part 8

 Transfers applied this afternoon has completed the brake observation coach.


The New Crane Added to the Works Train.


Monday 28 June 2021

Brake Observation Coach Part 7

 Having spent last week working on our garden ready for yesterdays family visit, today I have returned to working on the brake observation coach by adding couplings and roof vents.


Tuesday 22 June 2021

Finished Signal Box

The finished replacement signal box fitted on the platform.

Views of the interior detail when the roof is removed.

 I am a lot happier with this signal box.



 Clothes pegs come in handy for holding glazing in place in the observation brake coach whilst the glue sets.

Signal box glazed and detailing added inside.


Monday 21 June 2021

More Painting Today

More painting today, maroon trim to the signal box and bargeboards, and the roof tiles painted. 

Vacuum pipe at the observation end of the coach and the roof painted, but not fitted, still need to fit glazing and passengers inside and couplings to the bogies. 

Mobile crane has had some detailing paintwork.


Sunday 20 June 2021

Painting Day Today

 Brake observation coach given a 1st base coating.

Also the signal box given a 1st base coating.

And mobile crane given a 1st base coating.


Friday 18 June 2021

Brake Observation Coach Part 4

 Bogies built and fitted to the brake observation coach.

Vacuum brake pipes fitted.


New Signal Box Part 3

 Bargeboards fitted to the signal box roof this morning.

Signal box primered inside and out this afternoon.


Thursday 17 June 2021

New Signal Box Part 2

 Windows and door fitted to the new signal box. 

Using the end walls of the box to form the roof, which will not be attached to the box as I want it removable to be able to show the detailed interior.


Brake Observation Coach and Mobile Crane Part 3

 Mobile crane, observation brake coach and its roof primered.


Wednesday 16 June 2021

New Signal Box

For some time now I have not been happy with the signal box, being made from resin it has very thick walls, not a problem with the larger buildings on the layout, but quite obvious with such large windows on such a small building.

I have decided to replace it with a Wills kit, all 4 sides glued together.


Brake Observation Coach Part 2

 2 floor bolsters added underneath and 2 truss rods glued in place.


Sunday 13 June 2021

Brake Observation Coach

 Recently I purchased this kit, and having mulled over various building options since receiving it. I have decided not to build as per instructions, but to my own variation. 

1st I glued one side to one end, then did the same to the other side and end. When the glue had set I then joined the 2 parts together and glued the floor in. 

Then when that had all set I added one bulkhead. My wife's hair bands come in very handy.

Seats and foot boards added this afternoon.


New Mobile Crane Part 2

 Greenwich couplings fitted to the new mobile crane this morning, already for painting.


Saturday 12 June 2021

'Emma' Passing Hadarford Lock

 'Emma' passing Hadarford lock with an up light freight.


Friday 11 June 2021

New Mobile Crane

 This rather nice 3D printed mobile crane arrived in the post yesterday. 

This morning I glued a slightly modified Peco GR-104 bogie underneath ( I had to cut the pivot off) and temporarily refitted the wheelsets for photos.