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
Please feel free to leave comments, I am always interested in suggestions or questions.
Recently I purchased and added these 4 silver birch trees to Hadarford.
However I was not happy with the, as supplied, glossy grey trunks they had.
This morning I removed them from the layout.
Back in January I made a further 2 ground signals to add to the 2 existing ones.
Today I got round to fitting them.
I know they are on the wrong side of the track, when I fitted the original pair I assumed they went on the left side, I spent some time this afternoon trying to remove the original 2 to reposition them, but they are too well glued in and as they are made of plastic I didn't want to run the risk of damaging them.
On Friday 8th Oct I made a start on my next project, this diesel loco I picked up on eBay.