4-6-0 Baldwin 'Joanne' rounding Hadarford hill with an up passenger service.
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.
It has been a while whilst I have been recovering from my hernia repair operation and the subsequent infection, just getting into the railway room has been difficult.
0-6-0 saddle tank 'Beryl' bringing much needed coal and diesel supplies for Hadarford's maintenance yard.
Busy scene in and around Hadarford's maintenance yard with 0-6-0 tank loco 'Alice' taking on coal, 0-6-0 diesel 'Oliver' taking on diesel, 0-4-4-0 double Fairley 'Pandora' exiting Hadarford tunnel with the up passenger service and William Beeton's crowded pound behind his garage. 😊