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.

Wednesday 19 January 2022

Re-enactment Group Scenario

 Just one of a number of scenarios I can set up.

Hadarford's WW2 re-enactment group passing Hadarford station. 😊


Friday 14 January 2022

Loco Stock Box

 You know when you are getting to the limit of locos for your railway.

I still have some space in my loco stock box. 😊 Just need some money 💷 


Monday 10 January 2022

2nd Observation/Brake Coach Part 5

 Today I applied the transfers to the new observation/brake coach, and finished it off with a guards lamp.

The finished observation/brake coach brought into service at the tail of a small passenger train with the 1st one I built at the front, behind 0-6-0 'Alice' in Hadarford station.


Sunday 9 January 2022

2nd Observation/Brake Coach Part 4

 This morning I painted this couple of passengers to go in the new observation/brake coach.

This afternoon I fitted the glazing, and then the couple inside. I then fitted some vents to the roof (recycled TT gauge buffers) glued the roof on and and then painted it.


Saturday 8 January 2022

2nd Observation/Brake Coach Part 3

 Today I attacked the new observation/brake coach, inside and out, with a paintbrush, well 2 actually, 2 different sizes.

I also spray primered the roof.


Friday 7 January 2022

2nd Observation/Brake Coach Part 2

 This morning I spray primered the new observation/brake coach.

This afternoon I assembled the 2 bogies, and fitted the wheels and couplings.

I also added the vacuum pipes at either end.


Thursday 6 January 2022

2nd Observation/Brake Coach

 Today I started building another observation/brake coach, it is the same kit as the completed one in the 1st photo, but this time I have made it with the balcony.


Railway Services Resume

 With the installation of the new point rodding at Hadarford station completed, normal services are resumed with caricature class 47 'Melba' on the 1st down passenger service passing Hadarford lock.


Wednesday 5 January 2022

Point Rodding Part 16

 With the final pieces of rodding painted last night, today I have re-ballasted underneath and around it all.

 This now completes the point rodding.

Using the handle end of a teaspoon to sprinkle the ballast onto the glue. 

The whole section now completed.

Nearside point and rodding passing underneath the platform.

far side where the rodding passes underneath the cattle dock.

Nearside ground signal and far side point rodding.

Far side point and ground signal rodding.

Tomorrow will see the return to train operations and the end of the replacement bus service  after 3 weeks and 2 days of disruption.


Tuesday 4 January 2022

Point Rodding Part 15

 All the point rodding has now been completed with the final section at the front of this end of the station.

Painting and ballasting tomorrow to finish.


Monday 3 January 2022

Point Rodding Part 14

 Further good progress with the point rodding today.

The far side of this end of the station all fixed in place, this now completes ¾ of the whole project.


BRM Magazine

 Recently Hadarford appeared in the BRM magazine, and alongside it's digital version this video was produced.

Many thanks to Phil Parker who took the photos for the magazine and producing this video.

I hope you enjoy his work in producing it, shame I had to be in it 😂🤣😂 


Saturday 1 January 2022

Point Rodding Part 13

 Final painting of the point rodding done, and new ballast glued in place, this now completes the works at this end of the station. 

Now to start on the other end tomorrow.